George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Nathaniel Keais, 1 January 1790

From Nathaniel Keais

Washington No. Carolina Jany 1st 1790


the Subject of this Letter is to Inform your Excellency that I now hold the Office of Collector of the Impost for the Port of Bath—by an Appointment from this State.

(Should there be no Weighty Reasons Offered to you Against it) I shall Esteem it as a Perticular Favour to be Reinstated in that Office under Congress. I am with the Greatest Respect Your Excellencys Obt Servant

Nathn. Keais


Nathaniel Keais (1740–1795) served as a captain in the 2d North Carolina Regiment from 1775 to 1778, as a member of the North Carolina general assembly in 1777, and as a justice for Beaufort County from 1784 to 1786. From 1784 to 1790 he was state collector of customs at Bath. As a member of the North Carolina Ratifying Convention, Keais voted for ratification of the Constitution. When GW made his appointments for port officers for North Carolina on 9 Feb. 1790, Keais was named collector for Washington (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 , 2:58). Keais was recommended by Hugh Williamson in his letter to GW of 5 Feb. 1790.

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