George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Henry Knox, 5 September 1791

From Henry Knox

[Philadelphia] 5 September 1791. Encloses the resignation of Thomas Seayres, “who was appointed an Ensign on the 30th of April 1790, and a Lieutenant on the 4th of March last—But he never joined the troops, and therefore his resignation is not to be regretted.”1


1Thomas Seayres (Thomson, Thompson Sayres), son of Col. John Seayres (d. 1777), was commissioned an ensign in February 1781 in the 5th Virginia Regiment of the Continental army. He was promoted to lieutenant the following May and retired from the service in January 1783. GW appointed Seayres an ensign in the additional U.S. Infantry Battalion created by an act of 30 April 1790 and promoted him when John Steele declined a lieutenancy (GW to the U.S. Senate, 2 June 1790, and 3 Mar. 1791, enclosure; 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 2:73, 554, 5:1274–1301). Seayres resigned his commission on 2 September.

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