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To George Washington from George Taylor, Jr., 17 March 1792

From George Taylor, Jr.

Philadelphia March 17th 1792.


Being much flattered by the confidence reposed in me by you, while I was employed in your recording Secretary’s Office, and the notice you have honored me with since that period, permit me to enclose the copy of a letter I have just now written to Mr Jefferson, and as far as may be consistent, to solicit the favor of your Influence and Support, in obtaining the object of it.1 I have the honor to be with the most profound respect, Sir, Your most obedient and most humble servant

Geo. Taylor Jr

ALS, DNA: RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters.

1In the enclosed copy of the letter of application for the chief clerkship of the State Department that Taylor wrote to Thomas Jefferson on this date, he states:

“1st That in the years 1779, –80, and part of –81, I served as an Assist. Quarter master in the State of New York.

“2. That in 1781 and part of –82 I served as principal Assistant to the Agent of that State.

“3. That in 1782—and –83 I served as a Clerk to the recording Secy to His Excellency General Washington, and had the honor to be made choice of by the General in a letter to him, which he shewed me, as the person, out of the 3 then for some time employed, who alone should record his own private letters; letters the matter of which at this day I conceive to be secrets of high importance.

“4th That I have had the honor to be appointed a Clerk in the office of your predecessor, Mr [John] Jay, upwards of 7 years ago—and that of being continued by you, on his recommendation.

“To the above I would beg leave to add that I have studiously endeavored to qualify myself for executing the duties of the Office with accuracy & dispatch, and that I have found my salary an inadequate support for my family” (DNA: RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters). Taylor received the desired appointment on 1 April.

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