George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Samuel Sterett, 8 August 1793

From Samuel Sterett

Baltimore 8th August 1793


The death of the late Surveyor of this port has occasioned the Office to be vacant.1 With respect & submission I offer myself a Candidate to fill it—My Character, both public & private, I hope, does not require particular recommendation to support it—And as to my situation in other respects I will candidly state that my support is totally dependant on my Industry, and I am ambitious to be engaged in the service of my Country—Should you deem me worthy of the appointment I shall endeavour to acquit myself with honor and propriety.2 With sentiments of profound respect, I have the honor to be, Sir, Your Humb. Sert

Samuel Sterett

ALS, DLC:GW. The docket reads “recd 10th Augt.”

1On the competition after the death of Robert Ballard for an appoint ment as the surveyor of customs at Baltimore, see David Plunket to GW, 7 Aug. 1793, n.1.

2Sterett, a Baltimore merchant, had completed his one and only term in the U.S. House of Representatives on 3 Mar. 1793. For GW’s appointment of Daniel Delozier to the surveyor’s position, see Delozier to GW, 8 Aug. 1793, n.3.

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