George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Charles Pinckney, 6 November 1791

From Charles Pinckney

November 6th 1791 In Charleston [S.C.]

Dear Sir

If a law should be passed during the session of the Legislature for the government of the militia & any appointments should take place under the authority of the Union for the militia of the respective states, subordinate to that of an Adjutant for each such for instance as an Inspector I will take the liberty of mentioning to You the name of Mr Abraham Seixas for this state—I am well aware that under the Constitution the appointment of all officers in the militia is reserved to the states, but as Congress may perhaps think proper to appoint officers to act in the event of any part of the militia being called into the service of the Union I have taken the liberty to mention Mr Seixas as well qualified for the appointment of Inspector.1

The favourable Crops and appearances of improvement through the Union & the consequent increase of our commerce are such pleasing Evidences of the advantages flowing from the General Government that I trust in the course of a few years we shall be able to emerge from all our public & private difficulties—in this state we are anxiously looking for a branch of the national bank to be established for the three southern states, in this city & I can have no doubt when they consider the benefits to be derived to the Operations of the General Treasury from having one placed here that is a measure which will certainly take place.2 I shall always be happy to hear of your welfare & remain With respect & much obliged Dear Sir Yours Truly

Charles Pinckney

ALS, DNA: RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters. Tobias Lear noted on the cover of the letter that it was received on 28 Nov., and Charles Pinckney addressed it to GW “By Favour Captain German.” The brig Charleston, Captain “Germaine” (John Garman), arrived at Philadelphia around 25 Nov. (Federal Gazette and Philadelphia Daily Enquirer, 25 Nov. 1791).

1GW recommended in his annual address on 25 Oct. that Congress continue its consideration of a national reorganization of the militia. See also GW to Lear, 7 Oct., n.4. Capt. Abraham Mendez Seixas (1750–1799) of the Charleston, S.C., militia, left New York for Georgia in June 1774 and served as a lieutenant in the Continental line during the Revolution. He married Ritcey (Richea) Hart, daughter of Joshua Hart of Charleston, in 1777 and apparently settled in that city before its fall to the British in 1780, after which he moved to Philadelphia. Seixas returned to Charleston in late 1782 and reestablished his mercantile business. He did not receive a federal appointment from GW. Seixas did serve, however, as president and trustee of the synagogue Beth Elohim, as a city magistrate, and as warden of the Charleston workhouse (Elzas, Jews of South Carolina description begins Barnett A. Elzas. The Jews of South Carolina: From the Earliest Times to the Present Day. 1905. Reprint. Spartanburg, S.C., 1972. description ends , 43, 92–93, 128 n.17, 129–30; Reznikoff, Jews of Charleston description begins Charles Reznikoff. The Jews of Charleston: A History of an American Jewish Community. Philadelphia, 1950. description ends , 41, 50, 52, 70, 272 n.98, 286 n.111).

2For the proposed establishment of the Charleston branch of the Bank of the United States, see Pinckney to GW, 18 Aug., n.2.

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