To George Washington
[Philadelphia, December 11, 1790]
The Secretary of the Treasury presents his respects to the President. As the instruction concerning Capt. Howell1 is not definitive, The Secretary, unless directed to the contrary will retain the Communication till he has had an opportunity of submitting to the President some other candidates & recommendations from the same quarter, merely to afford an opportunity of comparison, & to acquaint himself towards those who have made applications, & those who have seconded them.
LC, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.