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Boston, 17 December 1770. RC ( MeHi ). Printed: Franklin, Papers The Papers of Benjamin Franklin , ed. Leonard W. Labaree, William B. Willcox (from vol. 15), and others, New Haven, 1959– . , 17:301–304. Prepared by a “Committee of Correspondence” appointed 7 November composed of Thomas Cushing, John Hancock, Stephen Hall, Samuel Adams, and JA . Although “Boston” was used in the date line, the...
Will your Excellency permit me to address a line to you on the present occasion? I fear it will be tho’t impertinence at least: and I scarce know what apology to make for it. The best I can think of at present is the friendship & kindness with which you treated me in a journey to Baltimore in the beginning of the year 1777, after I had happily fallen into Company with you at fish kill. This,...
Portland, Massachusetts [District of Maine], Sir, 14 May 1789. Can you permit me to take up one moment of your precious time in asking a favor! I wish for the Collectorship of duties at the Port of Portland, the Metropolis of the eastern part of the State of Massachusetts. But this Request, I am sensible, must appear both indelicate & improper without some knowledge of me. But how shall I make...
The favourable Reception your Excellency was pleased to give mine, thro’ the hand of my friend General Lincoln, emboldens me to interrupt your precious time one moment, while I again ask your friendship, so far as may be consistent with duty, respecting the appointment of a Collector at the Port of Portland. I wish for the appointment, and hope I am deserving of it. I have written to the...
I have received your letter of the ninth of this month, as well as a former one by General Lincoln. The course you have pursued in writing to the President, is right and your friend Mr. Wingate, is as proper a person as you could have chosen to convey the letter and any information concerning the subject of it. Who may be competitors for the office of collector at Portland I know not but, as I...
By the last Post, I was honored with your very kind, & obliging Favor of the 26 Ulto—To make a Return may intrude upon your precious time; to be silent would savor of ingratitude: Your Goodness therefore will excuse the interruption I give You. Accept my sincere gratitude for the favor done me, and give me leave to assure you I shall niver be insensible of your kindness.— I have written to my...
Permit me overwhelmed with grief and chagrined at disappointment to beg your kind attention for a minute. I am grieved, because my pretensions to the Office I sollicited were certainly far better grounded than his, who holds the Appointment: I am chagrined because my expectations were with reason high. I think it not vanity to say I have some degree of personal merit; and some publick. Seals...
I have not forgot the Chagrin I suffered in not obtaining the Collectorship of Impost at this Port. Mr. Thacher, I suppose, remains my determined enemy; and would gladly see me excluded from any share in collecting the Excise. I wish however to be employed in it. My natural activity I think is no objection to it. I have nothing to say of other qualifications. Those who know me are the best...
Portland [District of Maine] 20 June 1791. Applies for the position of inspector of survey for the District of Maine: “I have so often troubled You with my applications, that I would gladly make even this more concise, lest I become tedious.” ALS , DLC:GW . For Stephen Hall’s previous applications for office, see Hall to GW, 14 May 1789 and source note . GW did not appoint him to an excise...
Permit me once more to ask your friendship on so probable a prospect of success, as I think I now have.—Genl. Dearborn is chosen a Representative to Congress from the District of Maine. The Office of Marshall of consequence becomes vacant. I should like to fill the Office; and I think the President would willingly nominate me, if he should think of me. Your friendship therefore in the case...