George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Thomas Hollis Condy, 21 June 1789

From Thomas Hollis Condy

Boston June 21. 1789

Honor’d Sir,

It is with diffidence that I address your Excellency, but having had the honor of serving in the late Army under your command I feel a confidence in support of my design.

Observing in the doings of the Federal Legislature that Kennebunk (the place of my residence) is made a port of delivery, I am induced to solicit the appointment which may be necessary for the prosecution of the business, shou’d I be so fortunate as to succeed in my wishes I flatter myself, that attention will be paid, and the security requisite for the performance of the duty obtain’d. I am Sir with all due respect your Excellencies most obedient humble servant

Thomas H. Condy


Thomas Hollis Condy (d. 1833) served in Jackson’s Additional Regiment from 1777 to 1780 and in other Massachusetts regiments to the end of the war. Brevetted captain in September 1783, he was retained in Jackson’s Continental Regiment until June 1784. He is probably the Thomas Condy who moved from Portland to Kennebunk, where he engaged in a prosperous mercantile business under the name of Condy & Clark. Condy had written to Henry Knox on 21 May 1789 asking to be informed of any towns “from Portsmouth to Portland” that might need customs officers and “shou’d there be a vacancy in Wells where I reside I wou’d with you[r] influence accept the appointment—if in any other place, I must consult my present business and compare it with the emoluments of office, the amount of which please inform me” (NNGL: Knox Papers). Condy received no federal appointment.

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