To the United States Senate
New York August 3, 1789
Gentlemen of the Senate,
A List having my signature to it is herewith presented to you, containing the names of Persons whom I nominate as Collectors, Naval Officers and Surveyors for the Ports to which their Names are respectively annexed; And as several applications have been addressed to the President and Senate conjointly I lay all under this description before you, for your information.
New York, August 3d 17891
|Naval Officer||Eleazer Russell|
|1.||Newbury Port||Collector||Stephen Cross|
|Naval Officer||Jonathan Titcomb|
|&||Naval Officer||William Pickman|
|5.||Boston &||Collector||Benjamin Lincoln|
|Naval Officer||James Lovell|
|10.||New Bedford||Collector||Edward Pope|
|14.||Portland &||Collector||Nathl Fosdick|
|18.||Frenchman’s Bay||Collector||Melith Jordon|
|2.||New Haven||Collector||Jonathan Fitch|
|1.||Sagg Harbour||Collector||John Gelston|
|2.||New York||Collector||John Lamb|
|Naval Officer||Benja. Walker|
|City of Hudson||Surveyor||John C. Tenbroeck|
|Little Egg Harbour||Surveyor||Ebenezer Tucker|
|Naval Officer||Frederick Phile|
|1.||Baltimore||Collector||Otho H. Williams|
|Naval Officer||Robt Purviance|
|5.||Snow Hill||Collector||John Gunby|
|Town Creek||Surveyor||Robert Young|
|8.||Nanjemoy||Collector||John Coates Jones|
|St Marys||Surveyor||Robert Chesley|
|9.||George Town||Collector||James McCubbin|
|3.||Bermuda Hundred||Collector||William Heth|
|4.||York Town||Collector||Abraham Archer|
|West Point||Surveyor||John Spotswood|
|Port Royal||Surveyor||George Catlett|
|including Kinsale||Collector||Vincent Redman|
|including New-port||Collector||Richd Marshall Scott|
|9.||Folly Landing||Collector||William Gibb|
|10.||Cherry Stone||Collector||George Savage|
|11.||South Quay||Collector||Thomas Bowne|
|1.||George Town||Collector||John Cogdell|
|2.||Charleston||Collector||George Abbot Hall|
|Naval Officer||Isaac Motte|
|Naval Officer||Benja. Fishbourn|
|4.||St Marys||Collector||James Seagrove|
Copy, DNA: RG 46, First Congress, Senate Executive Journal; LB, DLC:GW.
This message was delivered to the Senate by Tobias Lear on 3 August. On receipt of it the Senate proceeded to consider and approve the nominations for the states of New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire and sent GW a copy of the proceedings. On 4 Aug. the appointments for the remaining states were reviewed, and most of the remaining appointments received Senate confirmation, with the exception of the Georgia appointments, consideration of which was postponed to the next day. At that time the nomination of Benjamin Fishbourn as collector for the port of Savannah was rejected (DHFC, description begins Linda Grant De Pauw et al., eds. Documentary History of the First Federal Congress of the United States of America, March 4, 1789-March 3, 1791. 20 vols. to date. Baltimore, 1972–. description ends 2:13–22, 23–24). For the failure of Fishbourn’s nomination, see GW to the United States Senate, 6 Aug. 1789. The appointment of Andrew Agnew as collector at Beaufort, S.C., was “Postponed for want of his Christian Name” and not approved until 7 Aug. (ibid., 22, 26).
1. This document, signed by GW, is in DNA: RG 46, First Congress, President’s Messages—Executive Nominations. The document was set up as a form with the categories for districts, ports, officers, and nominations entered by Tobias Lear. GW filled in the names of the appointees. In the cases of John Scott, Jonathan Fitch, and Eli Elmer, the first name was inserted by Samuel A. Otis, who corrected GW’s rendering of James Gibbon’s name as John. Otis recorded the vote on each of the nominations with “Aye” next to the name, with the exception of Fishbourn, marked “Nay.”
3. Commissions had evidently been prepared in advance in anticipation of Senate approval. Lear sent them out, together with a copy of the collection law, to at least some of the collectors, naval officers, and surveyors on 4 Aug., requesting they acknowledge receipt of the commission “as soon as they get to your hands” (DLC:GW). The commission, a printed form, reads:
President of the United States of America:
To All Who Shall See These Presents, Greeting:
Know Ye, That by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, I Have appointed, and Do appoint Otho Holland Williams, Collector of the Port of Baltimore in the State of Maryland to exercise and fulfil the Powers and Duties of that Office, according to the Laws of the United States: And to have and to hold the same, with the Authorities Privileges and Emoluments thereunto of Right appertaining, during the Pleasure of the President of the United States for the Time being.
Given under my Hand, at the City of New-York, the Fourth Day of August in the Year of our Lord, One Thousand Seven Hundred and Eighty-nine.
(DS, MdHi: Otho H. Williams Papers).
The material in italics in the body of the commission represents blank spaces filled in differently for each appointee.