George Washington Papers

Alexander Hamilton’s List of Candidates for Minister to France, 19 May 1794

Alexander Hamilton’s List of Candidates for Minister to France

[Philadelphia, 19 May 1794]

Georgia Nathaniel Pendleton (District Judge)
S. Carolina J. Rutlege    
  E. Rutlege    
  C. C. Pinkney    
  Pinkney (late Governor)  
North Carolina      
Virginia T. Jefferson    
  J. Madison    
  McClurgh } Principles as to
F. R. unknown
  J. Marshall
  E. Randolph    
  Henry Lee    
Maryland Governor Johnson } ditto
  James McHenry
  Syms Lee    
Pensylvania Thomas Mifflin    
  W. Bingham    
  Franklin (absent)1  
  Bradford (Atty General)  
New Jersey      
New York G. Clinton    
Connecticut Humphreys    
Massachusetts N. Hampshire    
Charles Jarvis2    
  James Sullivan3    
  E. Gerry    

AD, DLC:GW; copy, DLC: Hamilton Papers. GW docketed the AD "From the Secy of the Treasury List of names—from whence to take a Minister for France 19th May 1794." From the ink and placement of the names on the AD, it appears that Hamilton added Baldwin, Henry Lee, Syms Lee, Paca, W. Bingham, Humphreys, Charles Jarvis, James Sullivan, and E. Gerry to the list after he first wrote it. The AD is not always clear about the relation between the names and states. Syms Lee and Paca could be read as belonging to Delaware, and Ingersol as belonging to New Jersey. The copyist assigned Paca to Delaware and Ingersol to New Jersey, but the above text probably represents Hamilton’s meaning.

1William Temple Franklin was residing in London.

2Charles Jarvis (1748-1807), a Boston doctor, represented Suffolk County in the 1788 state constitutional convention and in the Massachusetts House, 1787-96 and 1801. In 1788 and in 1793 the Massachusetts House voted for him to become U.S. senator, but the Massachusetts Senate rejected him.

3Former congressman James Sullivan (1744-1808) was at this time attorney general of Massachusetts. He served as Massachusetts governor in 1807 and 1808.

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