George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Christopher and George Champlin, 27 December 1789

From Christopher and George Champlin

Newport Decemb. 27th 1789


The Inclosed came under cover to us which we have the honour of Transmiting to your Excellency.

Mr Hans Rudolph Saaby the subscriber is a merchant of Copenhagen and the acting person in the House of Nicholas Ryburg Esqr. & Co. of that City.1

We conceive it a duty incumbent upon us, (not only as Freinds to the Union) but in Justice to the Character of Mr Saaby; to inform your Excllency, that from a Commercial conection of five years Standing, we have found him a Gentleman of information, punctuality, and Probaty. and that the House of Nicholas Ryburg Esqr. & Co. is reputed the most oppulent in Copenhagan; and from thier extensive conections, have it in thier power to render services to the Commerce of this country.

If a Foreigner is admissable to the office of Consul General. We have the honour to be with the greatest respect Your Excellencys Most obedient, and most humble servants

Chrisr Champlin

Geo: Champlin


Christopher and George Champlin were Newport merchants.

1For Saabye’s application for office, see his letter to GW, 5 Aug. 1789.

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