George Washington Papers

To George Washington from William Grayson, 22 September 1789

From William Grayson

New York 22nd Sepr 1789


I do myself the honor to inform you that the Honble John Tyler & Mr [ ] Henry Judges of the late Court of Admy in Virga have signified their desire of serving in the capacity of district Judge of that State.1

Mr Innis Atto. Genl of the State of Virga has also expressed his inclination of serving as Atto. general of the district Court; I should also presume that the Office of Atto. general of the supreme Court would not be disagreable. I am with the highest respect Yr Most Obedt & Very Hble Serv.

Will’n Grayson


1John Tyler (1747–1813) played a prominent part in Virginia’s legal and political circles during the Revolution. Both during and after the war he worked closely with Patrick Henry, collaborating with him in opposing the Constitution in the Virginia Ratifying Convention. Tyler received no federal judicial appointment in 1789, but he was appointed by the state a member of the Virginia General Court. An ardent Republican during the 1790s, he served as governor of Virginia from 1808 to 1811. Tyler was the father of President John Tyler. James Henry of King and Queen County was serving in the Virginia legislature when he resigned during the summer of 1782 to become a judge of the Court of Admiralty.

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