George Washington Papers

To George Washington from James Madison, 25 May 1796

Philada May 25 1796

Mr Madison presents his respectful compliments to the President, and begs to mention the wish of Joseph Nevil Esqr. (late a member of the House of Representatives) to be taken into consideration in the appointment of Surveyor, under the law for the sale of lands N. West of the Ohio. He takes the liberty also of inclosing a Letter from General Posey, expressing his wishes with respect to an appointment, which Mr M. does not think it proper to withold, altho’ the precise object of them, may not correspond with the arrangements of the law.

DLC: Papers of George Washington.


Fredericksburg 21 Novr 1795

Dr sir

I have some reason to suppose that the ensuing Congress will establish a Land Office on the north west side of the Ohio; Should such a regulation take place, an Appointment to the Office would suit me extremely, could I meet the Approbation of the President and Senate. I am well convinced that my abilities are fully adequate to the Office, and my exertions should be such, as to endeavor to discharge the duties to the office with propriety agreeable to the nature of the business. I shall esteem myself singularly obliged, if you will mention me to the President as a candidate for the Appointment. Had I any reason to suppose that I could get the Appointment I would immediately Arrange my business in such a manner as to settle on the Northwest side of the Ohio instead of Kentucky. I am with great respect & esteem Your Obt Humble servt

Th: Posey

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