From Archibald Engle
Philada County Oct. 22, 1793.
The office of naval officer for the District of pennsylvania being vacant by the death of the much & justly regretted Dr Phile—I beg leave to offer myself to your Excellencys notice for that office—I also beg leave to inform you—that I have acted as Deputy naval officer of this District since the adoption of the present Constitution & for several Years before under the State Government—and flatter myself I have gained the favor & good will of the mercantile Interest & Such officers of Government as Superintend this office—any of whom I believe would cheerfully declare & approve of my abilities for the due & faithful discharg⟨e⟩ of the duties of the office—I am Sir wi⟨th⟩ Sentiments of the greatest respect your Excellencys Most obedient & very hble s⟨ert⟩
Archibald Engle (d. 1796) had been a clerk in Frederick Phile’s office since about 1783 (see Engle affidavit, 29 July 1789, DLC:GW). He was not appointed naval officer, and at the time of his death he was a deputy collector of the revenue for the district of Pennsylvania.