George Washington Papers

From George Washington to the United States Senate, 31 May 1794

To the United States Senate

United States May 31st 1794

Gentlemen of the Senate.

I nominate the following persons as Company Officers and Surgeon and Surgeons Mates in the Corps of Artiller<is>ts and Engineers.

The nomination of the Field Officers is suspended for the present.

1. Griffith McCree North Carolina
2 Richard Scott Blackburn Virginia
3. James Bruff Maryland
4. Alexander Thompson New York
5. William Morris ditto
6. Decius Wadsworth Connecticut
7 Timothy Pi[t]kin1 Junr ditto
8 George Taylor Pennsylvania
9 James Gamble ditto
10. William Littlefield Rhode Island
11. Frederick Frye Massachusetts
12. Benjamin Williamson New Jersey
1. Joseph R. Yates New York
2. John McClelland New York
3. Silas Dinsmore New Hampshire
4. John Parker Hales ditto
5. Simon Geddes Delaware
6. Nehemiah Freeman Massachusetts
7. Nathaniel Drinkwater ditto
8. Thomas Hutchins Pennsylvania
9. James Sterrit ditto
10. William Buchanan Smith Maryland
11. Benjamin Wall Georgia
12. George Izard South Carolina
13. Noel Bartholomew Monvel North Western Territory
14. William Cox promoted from Ensign’s lately appointed2
15. Charles Harrison do
16 William Smallwood Grayson do
17. Henry E. Coleman Virginia
18. Carey M. Carter Virginia
19. William Barton Junr Rhode Island
20 James Habersham junr Georgia
21 John Phillips Ripley New Hampshire
22. Robert Rowan North Carolina
23. Jonathan Robertson3 North Carolina
24. Henry Muhlenberg Pennsylvania
  Charles Brown
Surgeon’s Mates
1 Nathaniel4 Gorham Coffin Massachusetts
2. John R. Lynch New York
3. Francis G. Brewster New Jersey
4. Richard Griffith Delaware
Appointments to fill up Vacancies of Ensigns nominated to be Lieutenants of Artillery.
Aaron Catlin Connecticut vice William Cox
Robert Torrans South Carolina vice Charles Harrison
Samuel Allison Virginia vice Wm Smallwood Grayson

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LS, DNA: RG 46, Third Congress, 1793-95, Senate Records of Executive Proceedings, President’s Messages—Executive Nominations; LB, DLC:GW.

The Senate confirmed these nominations, with the exception of Alexander Thompson, on 2 June. Thompson was confirmed on 3 June (Senate Executive Journal, 160-61). William Morris, Timothy Pitkin, Jr., Benjamin Williamson, Joseph R. Yates, Nathaniel Drinkwater, Benjamin Wall, Henry E. Coleman, William Barton, Jr., James Habersham, Jr., and John Phillips Ripley declined their appointments.

1The LS and LB both read "Pickin," but see Henry Knox to Timothy Pitkin, Jr., 4 June (CSmH: Timothy Pitkin Papers). Pitkin (1766-1847) was at this time a Farmington, Conn., lawyer and member of the state legislature. He subsequently served in Congress from 1805 to 1819.

2For the previous appointment, see GW to the U.S. Senate, 9 May.

3Jonathan Robeson (d. 1805) was promoted to captain in 1800.

4This name is incorrect; John Gorham Coffin (c.1770-1829) served as a surgeon’s mate from June 1794 to May 1798.

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