From George Washington
[Mount Vernon, October 10, 1791]
Your letter of the 30th. September enclosing a Contract entered into by the Collector of Wilmington in North Carolina1 with James McStephens & Henry Toomer for the stakage of the shoals of Cape Fear river, I have duly received. As I approve of the Contract, I have transmitted the same with my approbation to the Collector of Wilmington.
I wrote to you from the head of Elk,2 informing you of my having made enquiries for a proper character to fill the Office of Supervisor of the District of Delaware, & that the weight of information which I collected, was in favor of one Andrew Barratt3 &c. Whether a commission was ever filled up for him, or what was done in the matter, you have not informed me. I now however, transmit to you a letter from the Hone. Jno: Clayton4 Esqr., by which it appears that no person has been appointed, & that he has recommended his son5 to you as a fit character to fill that office. I wish you to look into this business, and to let me know what, or whether anything has finally been done therein.
I am Sir, Your Most hble Servt.
10th. Octobr. 1791.
LC, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
1. James Read.
3. Barratt was appointed supervisor on November 7, 1791.
4. Washington is referring to Joshua Clayton, president of Delaware.
5. James Clayton.