To James McHenry
Mount Vernon June 17th 1799
Enclosed are two letters of application for appointments in the immediate Army. One from John Smith, for a Lieutenancy, recommended by General Posey, and Captn Presley Thornton—the other a Recommendation of Richd Robey, by Captn Garnett Peyton and others, for the appointment of Cadet.1
Captn George S. Washington has requested that I would mention to you the name of John Stephens, of Berkley County, who wishes to be appointed a Cadet in his Company. Captn Washington speaks of him as a person well deserving and every way fit for such an appointment, and says he will be particularly useful to him at this time in the recruiting business, as both his lieutenants have been chosen to fill offices in the Staff department of the Regiment, and he does not know that any others are yet appointed to supply their places.2
From the first essays in this business (in this part of the State) the prospect is not discouraging; and nothing would add more to it’s progress than the receipt of the Cloathing. With due consideration I have the honor to be &c.
Df, in Tobias Lear’s hand, DLC:GW.
1. None of these letters has been found. Neither Richard Robey nor John Smith received an appointment.
2. John Stephens was appointed second lieutenant in the 8th Infantry Regiment (Return of Officers, 1800, ASP, Military Affairs, description begins Walter Lowrie et al., eds. American State Papers. Documents, Legislative and Executive, of the Congress of the United States. 38 vols. Washington, D.C., Gales and Seaton, 1832–61. description ends 1:146–51).