George Washington Papers

From George Washington to the United States Senate, 11 September 1789

To the United States Senate

New York September 11th 1789.

Gentlemen of the Senate,

I nominate for the Department of the Treasury of the United States—

Alexander Hamilton (of New York) Secretary.

Nicholas Eveleigh (of So. Carolina) Comptroller.

Samuel Meridith (of Pensylvania) Treasurer.

Oliver Wolcott Junr (of Connecticut) Auditor.

Joseph Nourse (in office) Register.

For the Department of war—

Henry Knox.

For Judge in the Western Territory, in place of William Barton who declines the appointment.

George Turner.

For Surveyor in the District of Rappahannock, State of Virginia, in place of Staige Davis who declines the appointment—I nominate Peter Kemp.

For Surveyor of Town-Creek in the District of Patuxent, State of Maryland, in place of Robert Young who declines the appointment—I nominate Charles Chilton.

And, in case the nomination of Samuel Meridith should meet the advice and consent of the Senate—I nominate as Surveyor of the Port of Philadelphia—

William McPherson.1

Go: Washington

LS, DNA: RG 46, First Congress, Records of Executive Proceedings, President’s Messages—Executive Nominations; LB, DLC:GW. This message was delivered to the Senate by Tobias Lear (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 , 2:38).

1On 11 Sept. the Senate considered these nominations and confirmed Hamilton, Eveleigh, and Meredith. Discussion of the remaining names was “postponed until to Morrow,” when the rest of the nominations, except for Macpherson, were confirmed. Macpherson was confirmed on 18 Sept. (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 , 2:38–40,42).

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