George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Abraham Baldwin, 18 February 1794

From Abraham Baldwin

Philadelphia 18th Feby 1794


The office of Marshal in the district of Georgia being vacant by the death of Majr Forsyth, I have been requested to submit to your consideration the names of the following persons as candidates for that office.1

In Savannah and its vicinity

John Berrien
Richard Carnes
Samuel Hammond

In Augusta and its vicinity

Amasa Jackson
Philip Clayton James Mason Simmons
Daniel Gaines
Nicholas Bugg
George Hull

The original letters on this subject I have not thought it necessary to transmit, and have only to add that the Candidates are all personally known to me,2 and I shall be ready to give any information in my power respecting either of them, should other information not be sufficient to determine the President in the appointment.3 with the most profound respect, I am sir, your obedient humble servant

Abr. Baldwin


1Georgia congressman Abraham Baldwin was in Philadelphia to attend the first session of the Third Congress. On the death of Robert Forsyth, see n.1 of James Hendricks to GW, 15 January.

2John Berrien currently was serving as surveyor of customs at the port of Savannah. Virginia native Samuel Hammond (1757–1842) was a veteran of the Continental army and settled in Savannah shortly after the end of the Revolutionary War. He was in the Georgia legislature, 1796–1800, and in the U.S. House of Representatives, 1803–5. After serving as governor of the Upper Louisiana Territory, 1805–24, he settled in South Carolina. He held a number of political positions in that state, including secretary of state, 1831–35. Revolutionary War veteran Amasa Jackson (1765–1824) was a Massachusetts native and currently a merchant in Augusta. For a letter of application from Daniel Gaines, see his letter to GW of 20 January.

3Another list of potential candidates for consideration is at DLC:GW. This undated list reads:

“Persons Candidates for the Marshals Office District of Georgia

John Jenkins, bred in the Prothonotarys Office of Georgia under the British Government—took a Commission in the Georgia line at the commencement of the War & was active as an Aid of Genl Sumpter [Thomas Sumter] at its conclusion

Samuel Hammonds—An active Officer during the War, and Lt. Col. of a State Corps, which distinguished itself at Eaton [Eutaw Springs, S.C.]. Genl [Andrew] Pickens is well acquainted with this Gentleman.

Amasa Jackson An Officer in the Massachusets line during the War—& a Man of business

Thos E. Dorsey—An Officer of Maryland during the War in the Dragoon Service—bred to the law.

Richd Carnes—Father to the Representative in Congress [Thomas Petters Carnes] and a member of the Legislature of the State

Daniel Gaines—Formerly of Virginia, now a Resident of Washington in Georgia—Some of the Virginia members, must be well acquainted with him.

Jas M. Simmons—Formerly of Virginia, now of Augusta

Nicholas H. Bugg. Resident at Augusta

Chestly Bostick—do

The above are all Men of Reputation & most if not all of them capable of the duties of the Office—they are all Inhabitants of Georgia at present” (DLC:GW).

None of the men on these two lists received the appointment (see GW to U.S. Senate, 5 March 1794).

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