George Washington Papers

To George Washington from George Mathews, 19 August 1796

Georgia Oglethorpe County Augst 19th 1796

Dear Sir

I do myself the honor of acknowledgeing the receipt of your polite & friendly letter of the 10th of June with the testimonial inclosed, for which you will please to accept my thanks.

When I encouraged the idea of leaving the United States, it was at a time when my Mind was fully impressed, with the ungratefull reward, I had received from the State of Georgia, for faithful Servises, and not having a prospect of domestic retirement, it put me on contemplating how I should dispose of the Eve of life. Many of my friends pursude me against such a measure and your observations have with me their full weight.

Those reasons have in some measure induced me to relinquish the object I had in View, and to Solicit, you Sir for Some appointment under the federal Government, that will give me employ and Support. from a resolution of the Senate, I observe there is a Governor to be appointed for the Natchy District on the Mississipi. Could the President think me qualified, for the office, I would accept it with gratitude, & my best endeavours would be made to Discharge the duties of the trust. With great respect I am, Dear Sir, your real friend & Hble Sert

Geo. Mathews

PHi: Gratz Collection.

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