George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Martin Eichelberger, 8 August 1793

From Martin Eichelberger

Baltimore August 8th 1793


By the death of Colo. Ballard the Office of Surveyor has become Vacant,1 as I was an Applicant at the Commencement of the Revenue Law for that Office, I beg leave to renew my former Application & to refer Your Excellency, to my former & present Recommendations2—should your Excellency, think proper to honour me with the Appointment of Surveyor, I flatter myself that my Conduct would be pleasing to Your Excellency, & to my fellow Citizens.3 I have the honour to be with every sentiment of the most sincere Attachment & respect your Excellency’s most Obt hble Servant

Martin Eichelberger


1On the vacancy created by the death of Robert Ballard and the competition for the office of surveyor of customs at Baltimore, see David Plunket to GW, 7 Aug. 1793, n.1.

2For Eichelberger’s earlier application, see James McHenry to GW, 2 July 1789, and note 1. Congressman Samuel Smith’s second letter to GW of 8 Aug., written at Baltimore, recommended Eichelberger: “On the Commencement of the Revenue Law [of 31 July 1789] he was Appointed Weigh Master for this Port. In the Execution of which Trust his Conduct has ha⟨d⟩ the General Approbation of the Citizens & the Collector” (DLC:GW). John Eager Howard also recommended Eichelberger, in a letter written at Baltimore to GW on 8 Aug. 1793, as a person who would “discharge the duties with punctuality, integrity, zeal and much to the satisfaction of the publick” (DLC:GW). GW received both recommendations on 10 Aug. 1793. An undated statement signed by Samuel Smith and eighty-seven other “Citizens of Baltimore” certified that Eichelberger, “who has been Weigher of this Port … has Conducted himself to our entire Satisfaction” and recommended him as “Worthy of Promotion” to the surveyor’s office (DLC:GW).

3For GW’s selection of another applicant, see Daniel Delozier to GW, 8 Aug. 1793, n.3.

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