To Tobias Lear
[Philadelphia, February 17, 1792]
If I understood the President aright, in a conversation some days since, it was his pleasure that a Mr. William Alexander1 of Rowan County in the State of North Carolina should be nominated as Inspector in place of Mr. Dowel2 who declined & whose commission I delivered to the President. If he has not mentioned the thing to you, will you ask his orders concerning it? ’Tis of importance the place should be filled.
17th. Feby 1792.
LC, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
1. William Alexander had been in charge of public stores in North Carolina in 1781 and had been nominated for the office of treasurer from the district of Salisbury in 1783.
2. Joseph McDowell, Sr., Revolutionary War soldier, member of the North Carolina House of Commons from 1785 to 1788 and of the North Carolina Senate from 1791 to 1795, had been appointed an inspector of the revenue for North Carolina. See H to the Senate and the House of Representatives, October 31, 1791.