George Washington Papers

From George Washington to William Fitzhugh, 14 May 1789

To William Fitzhugh

United States May 14th 1789

Dear Sir,

Your letter of the 26th of April was handed to me but a few days ago.1 Your congratulations and the good wishes of yourself, Mrs Fitzhugh & your family deserve, & receive my warmest acknowledgments.

Amidst the numerous applications which are made for offices I shall leave no means in my power untried to gain such information & knowledge of Character & pretensions as will enable me to nominate those who, upon every consideration, are the most proper to fill them; for I have entered upon the duties of my station unconfined by any engagements—and uninfluenced by any ties. With very great regard & esteem I am Dear Sir—Yr most Obedt Hbe Sert

Copy, in the writing of Tobias Lear, DNA: RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters; LB, DLC:GW.

1In his letter of 26 April Fitzhugh recommended George Biscoe for a federal appointment. See Biscoe to GW, 29 April 1789.

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