George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Mary House, December 1790 [letter not found]

Letter not found: from Mary House, c. December 1790. On 28 Dec. 1790 Tobias Lear wrote to Alexander Hamilton, transmitting a letter from Mary House, soliciting an appointment on one of the cutters for her son George House.1

1Lear noted that “an application from George House to the President was among the letters upon this subject, which were laid before the Secretary of the Treasury” (DLC:GW). Neither the letter of Mary House nor the earlier application has been found. This may be the Mary House who operated a boardinghouse frequented by government officials at Fifth and Market streets in Philadelphia. Jedediah Huntington, collector at New London, Conn., recommended George House for an appointment to a cutter in a letter to Alexander Hamilton; Hamilton responded on 19 Nov. 1790 that the appointment of captains had already been made, and inquired whether House would accept appointment as first mate (Syrett, Hamilton Papers, description begins Harold C. Syrett et al., eds. The Papers of Alexander Hamilton. 27 vols. New York, 1961–87. description ends 7:158; see also Alexander Hamilton to GW, 10 Sept. 1790).

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