George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Archibald Engle, 22 October 1793

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


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.

Index Entries