George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Henry W. De Saussure, 6 August 1796

Charleston s. Carol. August 6 1796

Dear sir.

The kindness which I experienced at Your hands in calling me unsolicited to an office of Trust, and in bestowing a liberal approbation of my conduct in that office, emboldens me to make application to you on the behalf of a friend and a Man of worth, who is desirous to be honored with Your Confidence. It is understood that Mr Justice Pendleton is about to resign the office of District Judge of the state of Georgia—Mr Joseph Clay Junr of Georgia, is disposed to be a Candidate for that Office, and he is desirous that this inclination should be made known to you. He is not willing to obtain that by solicitation, to wch his general character may not be deemed to entitle him. Yet he apprehends that the privacy which he has heretofore cultivated, may have prevented Your attaining much knowledge of his Character—Under these Circumstances I Venture to assure You from long & Intimate acquaintance with him, that he is distinguished for uniting a sound Judgment with firm Integrity and mild amiable manners. He is also eminent in his profession.

Thus much I have said, because to have said less would have been less than the truth—to say more might be deemed to proceed from my friendship.

I am fearful that I owe an apology for Interfering in relation to an appointment in another state. Should it be deemed Improper, I hope I may find Shelter in the purity of my motive. Perhaps too afflicted as that state is by violent parties, the estimation in which a Gentleman is held in a neighbouring state,, may be deemed valuable Information, in forming a Judgment of Character. In this respect the testimony of Carolina would be favorable to Mr Clay: He his greatly respected by all the Carolinians who have had opportunities of knowing him. I remain Dear sir with the greatest respect and most Affect. Attachment Your Most Ob. sert

Henry Wm De Saussure

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