George Washington Papers

To George Washington from William Denning, 13 May 1789

From William Denning

New York 13th May 1789


Having been always engaged in the Service of my Country during the Late war, particularly in the Confidential and important offices of Commissioner of Accounts and a Commissioner of the Board of Treasury and having the fullest evidence of the Approbation of the Honble The Congress by being again Unanimously Elected to the important trust of Commissioner of the Treasury in 1784 (But Congress being then undetermined as to their place of residence my domestic Concerns induced me to decline the Honour intended me) and having also some Testimonials of your Excellencys approbations during my Administration at the Board of Treasury induces me now tho with a deffidence habitual to me to Offer my Services for such office in the department of Accounts for this State under the Authority of the United States as you may Judge from the above circumstances I may be equal to. I am informed a Comptroller of Accounts to each State and a Comptroller of the Customs will be thought necessary Appointments. There is also a vacancy of a Third Commissioner for Adjusting the claims of individual States against the United States.1

At any event I am sure your Excellency will receive this Application with your usual indulgence. I am with the greatest Respect Sir your most Obedient & Most Hble Servant

Wm Denning


William Denning (1740–1819) was a New York merchant. He served as a commissioner on the Board of Treasury from 1780 to 1781 and as a commissioner for settling the accounts of the Quartermaster Department. From 1784 to 1787 and from 1798 to 1808 he was a member of the New York legislature. He was elected to a term of Congress in 1809.

1For the vacancy on the board of commissioners for settling accounts, see Robert Barnwell to GW, 27 April 1789, n.1.

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