George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Nicholas Eveleigh, 8 November 1789

From Nicholas Eveleigh

New York, 8 November 1789. Acknowledges appointment as comptroller of the treasury. “I consider it, Sir, & the consideration affords me the most heart-felt satisfaction, as an unequivocal proof, that I am view’d by you in a favourable light. to be thought well of by a man, himself not only universally thought well of, but respected & revered, cannot fail of proving to me a source of the highest gratification; but, Sir, it will have another effect; that of stimulating me to a faithful discharge of the duties connected with the office now intrusted to my charge.”

ALS, DNA:PCC, item 78.

Nicholas Eveleigh (c.1748–1791) of South Carolina was educated at the University of Edinburgh and returned to Charleston in 1774 to become a planter. During the Revolution he served with South Carolina forces and from April to August 1778 was deputy adjutant general for South Carolina. During the 1780s he was a member of the South Carolina legislature and from 1782 to 1783 represented his state in the Confederation Congress. GW appointed him comptroller of the treasury on 11 Sept. 1789, and he served until his death.

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