George Washington Papers

From George Washington to James McHenry, 24 July 1799

To James McHenry

Mount Vernon July 24th 1799


I have received your letter of the 19th inst. enclosing recommendns of sundry persons in Kanhawa County for Military appointmts—These shall be Ret[urne]d in due time, agreeably to your desire.1

I forward to you a letter from Gustavus B. Wallace Junr of King George County, requesting an appointment in the present Cavalry. I am entirely unacquainted with the Applicant, and have had no opportunity of making any enquiries of the Gentln to whom he refers.2 I have the honor to be with due consideration Sir, Yr Mo. Ob. St

G. W——n

Df, in Tobias Lear’s hand, DLC:GW.

1McHenry’s letter of 19 July is printed in McHenry to GW, 11 May 1799, n.2.

2The letter from Gustavus B. Wallace, Jr., has not been found. Wallace was probably the son of Michael Wallace (b. 1753), brother of Gustavus Brown Wallace (1751–1802) of King George County who had served throughout the Revolution, ending as lieutenant colonel of the 2d Virginia Regiment. Young Wallace graduated from Princeton College in 1797 and probably used the designation “Junr” to distinguish himself from his uncle. He did not receive a commission in the New Army.

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