George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Benjamin Bourne, 2 March 1791

From Benjamin Bourne

Philadelphia March 2d 1791


I take the liberty to acquaint your Excellency That I am requested by several Gentlemen at Rhode Island to mention To your Excellency Major John S. Dexter as a fit object of Appointment for the Collection of the additional duties on Spirits. Major Dexter having the Honor of being personally known to the President I presume he stands in no need of a Recommendation of his Character. I am well assured that Should he be appointed Supervisor for the District of Rhode Island The appointment will give very general Satisfaction.1 I have the honor to be with great Respect your Excellency’s most obedt Servt

Benjn Bourn


1John Singer Dexter (1754–1844) had been recommended for U.S. marshal for Rhode Island the previous year (see Jabez Bowen to GW, 19 June 1790, and Memorandum from Jeremiah Olney, 19 June 1790). GW appointed Dexter excise supervisor for Rhode Island (see GW to the U.S. Senate, 4 Mar. 1791).

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