To George Washington
August 28th. 1790
The Secretary of the Treasury has the honor respectfully to submit to the President of the U. States for his determination a request from the Naval officer of the District of New York.1 The Secretary humbly remarks, that it appears desireable, as far as possible, to avoid absences of such important Officers for so long a duration, but that if the nature of the reasons should induce the President to grant the request, the naval Officer will no doubt leave his public business in the hands of a Deputy, of competent abilities, for whom he will be responsible.2
Secretary of the Treasury
LC, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
1. Benjamin Walker. William Duer was sending Walker, a business associate, to France to untangle the Scioto Company’s affairs.