George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Philemon Dickinson, 13 January 1790

From Philemon Dickinson

Hermitage [N.J.] 13 Jany 1790.

Mr Philemon Dickinson’s Compliments to the President of the United States of America, & begs his acceptance of an American Cheese, made by a Mr Capner, of Hunterdon County, State of New Jersey.

ALS, DNA: RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters.

Philemon Dickinson (1739–1809) had a distinguished military career during the Revolution in New York and New Jersey, earning GW’s approbation on several occasions. During the 1780s he served in the New Jersey loan office and in 1782 was elected congressman from Delaware where he was a property owner. In 1790 he was elected to the United States Senate to replace William Paterson when the latter was elected governor of New Jersey.

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