George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Samuel Hanson (of Samuel), 22 October 1793

From Samuel Hanson (of Samuel)

Alexandria [Va.], Octr 22d 1793


Finding that the Emoluments of my Office (about 400 Dollars per annum) are, with the utmost Economy, entirely inadequate to the support of my family, I am constrained to quit Alexandria; and mean to give in my resignation the 15th next month.1

I thought it necessary to inform you of my intention, in order that my Successor may be appointed against that day.

Mr James McRea means to become a Candidate for the place.2 In favour of that Gentleman, I take the liberty of adding my public testimony to the recommendations from many others which he will have the honour to lay before you. with perfect respect and Esteem, I am Sir your most obedient Servant

S. Hanson of Saml

ALS, DNA: RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters.

1Hanson was surveyor for the port of Alexandria.

2See James Mease McRea to GW, 23 October. James Mease McRea (d. 1809) acted for several years as Virginia’s searcher for the port of Alexandria. He had applied unsuccessfully for the position of surveyor in June 1789.

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