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To George Washington from Edward Carrington, 28 October 1795

From Edward Carrington

Richmond Octo. 28th 1795

Dear Sir

Colo. Innes has just returned to Town and Genl Marshall, on a conversation with him, has formed an opinion favorable to his appointment to the Office of Attorney General. judging that too much time would be lost in my waiting for your notification of our powers on this subject being still in existence,1 we thought it best to sound him on the score of his acceptance, apprising him of the situation in which my last letter to you had place the business,2 & the possibility of your having turned your attention on some other Gentleman. He has requested time to consider of the proposition and is certainly to give his answer in time for my writing decisively by the next mail. I am exceedingly sorry this enquiry has been attended with so much delay, but it was impossible to bring it to the present stage earlier. I have the Honor to be with the most affectionate regard Dr Sir your Most Obt st

Ed. Carrington

ALS, DLC:GW.

1Carrington is referring to the request in GW’s letter to him of 28 Sept. that he and John Marshall “sound” James Innes about whether he would accept an appointment.

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