George Washington Papers

To George Washington from David Lenox, 18 February 1791

From David Lenox

Philadelphia 18th, February 1791


When I had the honor to address you in New York on the 27th May 1789 I did it on the presumption that I might possibly have succeeded to an appointment in the Customs. I am again urged by a duty which I owe my family to step forward and to solicit the appointment of Supervisor for the State of Pennsylvania under the Excise Bill should the same be enacted into a Law.1 I am informed that there are a number of Applicants some of whom may appear recommended by very respectable Citizens but as you have some knowledge of me I have not thought it necessary to proceed in that manner, at the same time I beg leave to say that if I am so fortunate as to obtain a consideration with you I shall not be affraid to hazard any enquiry respecting my Character. I beg Sir you will Pardon me for troubling you on this occasion and allow me to add that should you honor me with an appointment I shall use my best endeavours to deserve it—I have the honor to be, with the greatest respect Sir Your very Obedient Servant

D. Lenox


1Lenox did not receive an appointment in the excise service, but GW appointed him U.S. marshal for Pennsylvania in 1793 (see David Lenox to GW, 27 May 1789).

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