George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Samuel Winslow, 28 June 1789

From Samuel Winslow

Portland [District of Maine] June 28th 1789


The Impost Bill creating a Necessity of Appointments, for the Collection & various regulating of the Revenue throughout the United States, and the peculiar Convenience of my Situation to act in some Department, induces me now to beseech Your Indulgence while I address You soliciting the Favor of an Appointment to the Office of Collector, or Comptroller which may fall within the Port or District wherein I reside.

I intreat You to pardon my intruding upon You a solicitation of this nature, unaccompanied by any Testimonials respecting my Character; but humbly request the Liberty of referring You to General Knox who has a perfect knowledge of me.

Most fervently praying that every Blessing may attend Your Person & Administration. I subscribe myself with profound Veneration Your most obedient humble Servant

Saml Winslow


Samuel Winslow was a Quaker. He and his brother Isaac, related to Henry Knox’s wife Lucy Flucker Knox, held an interest in the Waldo Patent in Maine. See Allis, William Bingham’s Maine Lands, description begins Frederick S. Allis, Jr., ed. William Bingham’s Maine Lands 1790–1820. 2 vols. Boston, 1954. In Publications of The Colonial Society of Massachusetts, vols. 36-37. description ends 1:71, 148, 154. On 10 June 1789 Winslow wrote Knox concerning his ambitions for a customs post: “The Collectorship of Impost, & the Naval Office are objects of Magnitude, and would with an approv’d Conduct, secure to the possessor a permanent & decent Living” (NNGL: Knox Papers). See also Isaac Winslow to Knox, 14 June 1789, and Samuel Winslow to Knox, 28 and 30 June 1789 (NNGL: Knox Papers). On 16 July 1789 a group of Portland merchants signed an unaddressed testimonial stating that Winslow “is well calculated to fill any Office of the Revenue of the United States” (DLC:GW). Winslow received no federal customs appointment in 1789, but in March 1798 John Adams named him surveyor and inspector of the revenue at Thomaston, District of Maine (Executive Journal, description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States of America: From the commencement of the First, to the termination of the Nineteenth Congress. Vol. 1. Washington, D.C., 1828. description ends 1:265).

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