George Washington Papers

From George Washington to the United States Senate, 4 March 1791

To the United States Senate

United States 4th March 1791.

Gentlemen of the Senate,

Pursuant to the powers vested in me by the Act intitled “An Act repealing after the last day of June next the duties heretofore laid upon distilled Spirits imported from Abroad, and laying others in their stead, and also upon Spirits distilled within the United States, and for appropriating the same”, I have thought fit to divide the United States into the following Districts—namely—

The District of New Hampshire, to consist of the State of New Hampshire.

The District of Massachusetts, to consist of the State of Massachusetts.

The District of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, to consist of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.

The District of Connecticut, to consist of the State of Connecticut.

The District of Vermont, to consist of the State of Vermont.

The District of New York, to consist of the State of New York.

The District of New Jersey, to consist of the State of New Jersey.

The District of Pennsylvania, to consist of the State of Pennsylvania.

The District of Delaware, to consist of the State of Delaware.

The District of Maryland, to consist of the State of Maryland.

The District of Virginia, to consist of the State of Virginia.

The District of North Carolina, to consist of the State of North Carolina.

The District of South Carolina, to consist of the State of South Carolina.

The District of Georgia, to consist of the State of Georgia.

And I hereby nominate as Supervisors of the said Districts respectively the following persons—viz.

For the District of New Hampshire Joshua Wentworth.
For the District of Massachusetts Nathaniel Gorham.
For the District of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations John S. Dexter.
For the District of Connecticut John Chester.
For the District of Vermont Noah Smith.
For the District of New York William S. Smith.
For the District of New Jersey Aaron Dunham.
For the District of Pennsylvania George Clymer.
For the District of Delaware Henry Latimer.
For the District of Maryland George Gale.
For the District of Virginia Edward Carrington.
For the District of North Carolina William Polk.
For the District of South Carolina Daniel Stevens.
For the District of Georgia John Mathews.

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Copy, DNA: RG 46, Records of Legislative Proceedings, Second Congress, 1791–1793, President’s Messages—Executive Nominations.

For the background to this message and the accompanying nominations, see Executive Order, 15 Mar. 1791. The Senate received the message on 4 Mar. 1791 and approved the nominations the same day (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 2:127–30).

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