George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Samuel Henley, 11 February 1791

From Samuel Henley

Charlestown [Mass.], Febry 11 [17]91

Dear Sr

I have Serv’d the County of Midsx in this Common wealth, & the State of Massachusetts, as Collector of Excise, Nine years, to the best of my Capacity—this is to request your influence for an office in the Collecting of Excise, what ever may be denominated—Collector or Inspector—Gen’l Lincoln, the Honble John Lowell Esqr. & the Honble Elbridge Gerry Esqr., Can Certifie as to my Character—In granting this favour you will greatly oblige your much esteemed friend & Obt S’t

Saml Henley


Samuel Henley (1718–1795), a Charlestown distiller and merchant, was the father of Revolutionary War officers Thomas Henley (c.1751–1776), David Henley (1748-1823), and Samuel Henley (b. 1759). After the war he was an excise collector under the Massachusetts government. He received no appointment from GW.

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