From John Mease
⟨176⟩ South Front Street [Philadelphia] 10 March 1791
Had I indulged my own feelings, I should long since have imbraced the opportunities which circumstances afforded, of obtruding my self on you personally. But during the war I thought it greater kindness to keep aloof, and attend to the more essential points of Duty.
When I first mounted in Co. with a few of my Fellow Citizens as your escort to take the command, I was content with my acquirements in Trade; One Third whereof about 10,000 specie Dollars, I instantly placed in our loans reserving the other two thirds for contingencies, which turn’d out unfavorably. And I now find my self with Grey Hairs without the means of pursuing my usual Line of business—Therefore it is, I now beg leave to make the present request.
In conformity to custom, I have got the names of a few of my fellow Citizens subjoined to my application, with whom I have trodden the walk of life, & consequently know me best; this I deemed preferable to a promiscuous signature tho’ as easily obtaind. With the utmost respect I am Sir your very Humble Servant
John Mease did not receive an appointment from GW in the excise service, but he was later employed as a clerk by Tench Coxe in the office of the Commissioner of the Revenue, established 8 May 1792 (see Coxe to Alexander Hamilton, 3 Jan. 1793, Syrett, Hamilton Papers, description begins Harold C. Syrett et al., eds. The Papers of Alexander Hamilton. 27 vols. New York, 1961–87. description ends 13:448–49).