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From George Washington to Edward Carrington, 23 December 1795

To Edward Carrington

Private

Philadelphia 23d Decr 1795

Dear Sir,

Receive, I pray you, my thanks for your obliging favor of the 6th Instt, and for other unacknowledged lettrs of antecedant date.1

As, except in a single instance, they contained information only, nothing more was necessary than to know they had got safe to hand: this they did, and I feel myself much obliged in your attention to my request; as I always shall be for such communications as you may think interesting or satisfactory for me to be informed of while I remain in my present Station.

It had been expected that the Senate would put their veto on the appointment of Mr R—and so it has happened.2 This induced me to delay the nomination of a successor to Mr Blair; and as the department of War is yet unfilled; I am waiting (expected) information in order to make a general arrangement, or rather distribution of these Offices, before I decide upon either seperately. With sincere esteem & regard I am—Dear Sir Yr Obedt & Affe. Servt

Go: Washington

ALS, NNGL; ADfS, DLC:GW; LB, DLC:GW.

1Letters from Carrington to GW not previously acknowledged were dated 28 and 30 Oct., and 10, 13, and 20 November.

2On 15 Dec. the Senate refused to approve GW’s nomination of John Rutledge for chief justice of the Supreme Court (Senate Executive Journal, description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States of America: From the commencement of the First, to the termination of the Nineteenth Congress. Vol. 1. Washington, D.C., 1828. description ends 194–96).

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