George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Isaac Sherman, 28 April 1794

From Isaac Sherman

Philadelphia 28th of April 1794.


By the advice of Mr Hamilton, I am induced to offer myself a candidate for Treasurer of the Mint; being informed that the present Treasurer intends soon to resign.1

I flatter myself upon experiment, that I should be found competent to the place; and should I be so happy as to obtain, I hope that my attention, fidelity and integrity would meet your entire approbation and that of the public.

I cannot but pressingly ask your attention to my request, which if granted, may be of more extensive utility than what regards myself.2 I have the Honor to be, with the most perfect respect & Esteem, Your Most Obedt Servt

Isaac Sherman


Isaac Sherman (1753–1819) was a native of New Haven, Conn., and a veteran of the Revolutionary War, serving from 1775 until 1783. On his military career, see n.8 of GW to Jonathan Trumbull, Sr., 9–10 Oct. 1776 (Papers, Revolutionary War Series description begins W. W. Abbot et al., eds. The Papers of George Washington, Revolutionary War Series. 22 vols. to date. Charlottesville, Va., 1985—. description ends , 6:523). The Continental Congress appointed him an assistant surveyor for western lands in 1785 (PCC description begins Papers of the Continental Congress, 1774–89. RG 360, National Archives. description ends , 29:542).

1On the resignation of Tristram Dalton as treasurer of the U.S. Mint, see his letter to GW of 24 April.

2It was not Sherman but rather Nicholas Way who received the desired appointment (see GW to U.S. Senate, 19 May).

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