George Washington Papers

From George Washington to the United States Senate, 10 August 1790

To the United States Senate

United States [New York]
August 10th 1790.

Gentlemen of the Senate,

I nominate John C. Jones,1 the present Collector of the port of Nanjemoy in the State of Maryland, to be Collector of the District of Cedar Point, when the Act to provide more effectually for the collection of duties &c. shall take effect.2 and

Jeremiah Jordan3 to be Surveyor of the Port of Lewellensburg in the State of Maryland.4

Go: Washington

LS, DNA: RG 46, First Congress, 1789–91, Records of Executive Proceedings, President’s Messages—Executive Nominations; LB, DLC:GW.

1For John Courts Jones’s August 1789 appointment as collector of the customs at Nanjemoy, see Jones to GW, 1 June 1789 and notes; 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 2:15, 21.

2See 1 Stat., description begins Richard Peters, ed. The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America, from the Organization of the Government in 1789, to March 3, 1845 . . .. 8 vols. Boston, 1845-67. description ends 145–78 [4 Aug. 1790], and 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 4:434–37.

3Jeremiah Jordan (c.1733–1806) of St. Mary’s County, Md., sat in the lower house of the state legislature and held numerous local offices. During the Revolutionary War he served as a militia colonel (Biographical Dictionary of the Maryland Legislature, description begins Edward C. Papenfuse et al., eds. A Biographical Dictionary of the Maryland Legislature, 1635–1789. 2 vols. Baltimore, 1979–85. description ends 2:499–500). Michael Jenifer Stone wrote to Tobias Lear on 9 Aug. 1790 in response to a previous query: “I have enquired and can only recollect two Gentlemen who would answer the purpose of Surveyor at Llewellinsburg—Col. Jeremiah Jordan—and Charles Llewellin—of those Jordan is I believe the fitest—But I really cannot tell if either will accept—Their conditions are rather above it—But it might not be materially inconvenient to them—Jordan keeps a Store at the Spot—and I think it would be most probable that he would serve” (DLC:GW). In March 1792 GW also named Jordan inspector of the excise at Lewellensburg (Executive Journal, description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States of America: From the commencement of the First, to the termination of the Nineteenth Congress. Vol. 1. Washington, D.C., 1828. description ends 1:104).

4The Senate confirmed the nominations of Jones and Jordan on the same day they were presented (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 2:94).

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