From David Rittenhouse
Philadelphia July 10th. 1789
Engaged as you are in business of the greatest importance as well as difficulty, and harrass’d by a thousand importunate applications, I am fully sensible of the impropriety of troubling any of my friends in Your situation, even with a letter, unless I had either some useful information or matter of amusement to communicate. Permit me nevertheless, by this method, to recommend to your notice the bearer, Mr. William Barton, with whom I have been intimately acquainted from his infancy.1 His Education his abilities, and still more his principles and integrity, render him a worthy member of Society, and promise to make him more conspicuously useful. Any attention shewn to him will be acknowledged as a particular favour conferred on, Dr. Sir, Your sincere friend & Very humble Servant
RC (DLC: Washington Papers); Tr (PHarH), misdated 18 July 1789.
1. Rittenhouse’s nephew, William Barton (1754–1817), declined an appointment as one of the judges of the Northwest Territory. He later solicited JM’s support for a treasury post (Hindle, David Rittenhouse, pp. 196–97, 304; DHFC description begins Linda Grant De Pauw et al., eds., Documentary History of the First Federal Congress of the United States of America (3 vols. to date; Baltimore, 1972—). description ends , II, 27, 28; Barton to JM, 26 Aug. 1789).