George Washington Papers

To George Washington from James Hillhouse, 2 March 1793

From James Hillhouse

[Philadelphia, 2 March 1793]1

Mr Hillhouse takes the liberty to hand in the Name of Col: Melancthon Lloyd Woolsey as a suitable person to be Appointed Collector to the New port established on Lake Champlain.2

Mr Benson & Col. Wadsworth know his character.3


1The docket on this document indicates that Connecticut congressman Hillhouse wrote this letter on “2d March 1793.”

2GW submitted Woolsey’s nomination on 4 Mar. to the U.S. Senate, which approved the appointment that same day (Executive Journal, description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States of America: From the commencement of the First, to the termination of the Nineteenth Congress. Vol. 1. Washington, D.C., 1828. description ends 138).

3Egbert Benson and Jeremiah Wadsworth were current congressmen from New York and Connecticut, respectively. Hillhouse also wrote a letter of recommendation for Woolsey to Alexander Hamilton, probably on this day (Syrett, Hamilton Papers, description begins Harold C. Syrett et al., eds. The Papers of Alexander Hamilton. 27 vols. New York, 1961–87. description ends 14:184).

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