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To George Washington from Paul Revere, 5 February 1791

From Paul Revere

Boston 5 Feby 1791

Sir

Without troubling your Excellency with a detail of circumstances, which induce me to wish for some employment, under the general Government, I beg leave to offer my self as a candidate for any office in the proposed sistem of Excise, which I may be qualified to fill. As I can not claim the honor of such a personal aquaintance with your Excellency, as will furnish you with sufficient information of my character, I beg leave (should you ever think the subject so far worthy your attention, as to enquire) to refer you to Genl Knox, Genl Lincoln, Mr Ames or Mr Gerrey. I am Sir with all possible respect, your Excellencys obednt humb. Servt

Paul Revere

ALS, DLC:GW.

Paul Revere (1735–1818), the Boston silversmith and Revolutionary leader, returned to his trade after the Revolution. During the 1780s he was deeply involved in civic activities in Boston and was a prominent supporter of the ratification of the federal Constitution.

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