George Washington Papers

To George Washington from David Harris, 24 July 1790

From David Harris

Baltimore 24th July 1790


It is extremely painful to me, to trouble your Excellency, with a Second application for Office, after the unfortunate fate of my first;1 Conscious that my disappointment, did not proceed from an Opinion of my incapacity a demerit; I am encouraged once more to present myself for employment. I cannot Consider myself destitute of a Claim on my Country for an Office, having served in the Army at the earliest, and most dangerous periods, of which I flatter myself your Excellency has some recollection. With submission I wou’d solicit your Excellency, to Confer on me, the Office of Commissioner of Loans for this State, which I presume will be Created, by the Assumption of the State Debts;2 being Satisfied, that my habits of Life, have fitted me, for the exercise, of the Duties of such an Appointment, and my disposition to serve my Country, I hope will not be doubted—your Excellency will pardon a suggestion, that my private Circumstances wou’d render an employment in the public service particularly Acceptable.

For my Connections in this State, and my Character as a Citizen, I wou’d particularly refer your Excellency, to the Honble Mr Henry & Mr Maclay of the Senate3—With the greatest respect I have the Honor to be Your Excellencies Mt Obt Hbe St

David Harris


1David Harris had unsuccessfully applied for a federal customs post at Baltimore a year previously, when he had his brother-in-law, William Maclay, recommend him to the president (see Maclay to GW, 20 July 1789 and note 1).

3On 6 Aug. 1790 GW nominated Thomas Harwood, not David Harris, to be Maryland commissioner of loans (see GW to the U.S. Senate, 6 Aug. 1790 [second letter]).

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