George Washington Papers

To George Washington from William Graves, 28 August 1789

From William Graves

Norfolk Augt 28. 1789


I have the honor to address you on the Subject of an Appointment, under the Government of the united States. Previous to it I wish to make you Acquainted in what Capacity I have Acted under the State Government. I had an Appointment of Searcher at the port of Norfolk the year 1786 in which capacity I was continued till August 1789 and I flatter myself, I have executed the duties of it with propriety—which will appear by the enclosed reccommendation from the hono. the Executive, and under whose inspection I was more immediatly subjected, with those considerations I trust you will determine if I merit your patronage if any post should offer worthy my attention I shall partake of it I am with deference Your Most Obedient servant

Wm Graves


Before he assumed his customs post at Norfolk, William Graves (1750–1799) served in Virginia and Continental regiments. He did not retain his state position under the new government.

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