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From Bartholomew Dandridge, Jr., to Oliver Wolcott, Jr., 24 June 1795

Bartholomew Dandridge, Jr., to Oliver Wolcott, Jr.

Wednesday morg [24 June 1795]1

B. Dandridge respectfully sends to Mister Wolcott a list of persons who formerly applied for the office of Commissioner of Loans in Delaware State.2

The President wishes Mr Wolcott to enquire of the Senators from the State & Dr Way—which of these characters is thought to be the most suitable for the appointment—in order that it may be laid before the Senate today with some others.3

AL, DLC:GW.

1GW’s nomination of John Stockton as Delaware commissioner of loans was submitted to the Senate on 25 June. The preceding “Wednesday morg” fell on 24 June.

2The enclosed list has not been identified. James Tilton, the commissioner of loans for Delaware, had sent a letter of resignation to GW on 20 June. He stated: “The law of the United States, by which the Commissioner of Loans for the state of Delaware is deprived of all compensation for clerk-hire, renders it inexpedient for me to hold that office. I cannot subsist on the salary alone; and, without the assistance of a clerk, the duties of the office are incompatible with the practice of my profession. I am therefore under the necessity of resigning my public employment” (ALS, DLC:GW).

3On 25 June, Wolcott sent a memorandum to GW concerning vacant offices connected with the treasury department. He first discussed the commissioner of loans for Delaware: “Though no Letter has been received at The Treasury from James Tilton, yet that a resignation has been made, is inferred from a Letter of Eleazer McComb, herewith transmitted, who applies for the office.”

In McComb’s letter to Wolcott, dated 20 June, he claimed that “Being already acquainted, in some measure, with the business of the office, I presume I should be able to conduct it in such a manner as not to give the officers of the Treasury much trouble” (DLC:GW).

Wolcott, however, continued, “Mr McCombs pretensions are not, however, supported by either of the Senators of Delaware, or by the Treasurer of the Mint, who have been severally consulted. The candidates named are John Stockton, Robert Clarke and Thomas Robinson, who are all gentlemen of respectability & merit. The opinions of the Senators & the Treasurer of the Mint appear however to concur most strongly in favor of John Stockton, who is doubtless a fit & competent character.”

Referring next to the collector for the district of Newburyport, Mass., to replace Edward Wigglesworth, Wolcott reported that “Dudley Atkins Tyng is strongly recommended by Mr Cabot of the Senate, whose opinion is also supported by other information.”

For the position of inspector of the revenue for the first Survey of the District of Maryland, vacated by the resignation of George Gale, Wolcott wrote, “John Kilty, the present Supervisor, will it is presumed be appointed as a matter of course.”

The secretary concluded his memorandum with statements concerning the collector for the District of Sunbury in Georgia. He noted that GW appointed John James the previous February, “but it appears that the person intended was James James, who declines the appointment. The Senators of Georgia have both been consulted respecting a proper candidate. Genl Gunn has recommended George Forster as a suitable person; but Genl Jackson has not replied to the application. The office is unimportant, and it is presumed that there is but little choice of characters” (LB, DLC:GW).

James James had written Henry Kuhl of the comptroller’s office on 18 April: “unless the Salary is very considerably raised, that it will not suit me to accept of the appointment” (DLC:GW).

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