George Washington Papers

To George Washington from John Jay, 8 February 1797

Albany 8 Feby 1797

Dear Sir

I Yesterday recd Information that Col. Walker the naval officer for New York, has resigned; and am requested to mention Mr Henry Remson, the Son of the late Mr Henry Remson of that city, as a proper Person to succeed him.

I am apprized of the Delicacy of such Recommendations—they too often require a Degree of caution and Reserve, not easy to observe or express with Precision—on this occasion I find myself free from Embarasments.

Mr Remson was formerly a clerk in Mr Thompsons office—His modest Deportment, together with Mr Thompsons Recommendation, enduced me to select him for the place of under Secretary or first Clerk in the office for foreign affairs. when you did me the Honor to place me on the Bench, I left him in the office, without having had Reason to wish that his Conduct on any occasion had been otherwise than it was. He has since accepted an appointment in the Branch Bank at New York, where he now is.

I think him competent to the office in Question. of his Integrity Punctuality and Industry I never entertained a Doubt; nor have I ever heard of any Doubts or opinions to his prejudice being entertained by others. I have the Honor to be with perfect Respect Esteem and Attachment Dear Sir Your most obt and hble Servt

John Jay

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