George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Alexander Hamilton, 25 September 1789

To Alexander Hamilton

[New York] 25th Sepr 1789.

Dear Sir,

From a great variety of characters who have made a tender of their services for Suitable Offices, I have selected the following. If Mr Jay & you will take the further trouble of running them over to see if among them there can be found one, who, under all circumstances is more eligable for the Post Office than Col. O.1—I shall be obliged to you both for your opinions thereon by Eleven ’Oclock—Another Paper which is enclosed, will shew how the appointments stand to this time.2 And, that you may have the matter fully before you, I shall add that, it is my present intention to nominate Mr Jefferson for Secretary of State, and Mr Edmd Randolph as Attorney Genl; though their acceptance is problamatical—especially the latter. Yrs Sincerely

Go: Washington

Mr Gorham Massachuts
General Cobb Do
Colo. Osgood
Colo. Smith N. York.
Colo. W: White Do
Mr Lewis Pintard Do
Mr John R. Livingston Do
Commodore Nicholson Do
Mr Blagge Do
Colo. Giles Do
Genl Webb Do
Doctr Cochran Do
Mr Wm Denning Do
Mr Wm W. Morris Do
Captn Thos Randall Do
Mr Paul R. Randall Do
Majr North Do
Mr Hazard Incumbt Do
Mr Henry Remsen Do
Genl Moylan New Jersey
Mr Wm Temple Franklin Do
Colo. Cummings Do
Mr Jno. Bayard
Mr Thos Barclay Pennsyl.
Mr Chas Pettit Do
Mr Jas Milligan Do
Doctr Tilton Delaware
Colo. Jno. Parke Do
Mr Broom Do
Mr Cyrus Griffen
Mr Arthur Lee
Mr Richd Harrison
Mr Jonathan Dayton
Genl Gist.
Chancellor Livingston

ALS, DLC: Hamilton Papers.

2This enclosure, “A List of persons holding Offices of a general Nature with the states to which they belong annexed,” in Tobias Lear’s handwriting, is in DLC: Hamilton Papers.

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