George Washington Papers

From George Washington to the United States Senate, 11 November 1791

To the United States Senate

[Philadelphia] United States
November 11th 1791.

Gentlemen of the Senate,

I nominate the following persons to fill the offices annexed to their names respectively—namely—

Nathaniel Rogers, to be Marshal of the New-Hampshire District; vice John Parker, deceased.

Alexander Moore, to be Surveyor of the Port of West Point, in Virginia; vice John Spotswood Moore, who has resigned his appointmt.

Charles Brown, to be Collector of the Port of George Town, in South Carolina; vice John Cogdell, who has resigned his appointment.1

Go: Washington

DS, DNA: RG 46, Second Congress, 1791–1793, Records of Executive Proceedings, President’s Messages—Executive Nominations; LB, DLC:GW.

After GW’s message of 11 Nov. was presented to the Senate by Tobias Lear on Monday, 14 Nov., it was ordered to lie on the table for consideration. The Senate approved the nominations when it considered them on 16 Nov. (Executive Journal, description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States of America: From the commencement of the First, to the termination of the Nineteenth Congress. Vol. 1. Washington, D.C., 1828. description ends 1:89, 90), and Lear informed Thomas Jefferson of the appointments on 17 Nov. (DNA: RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters).

1Charles Brown (1762–1819), a lawyer in Georgetown, S.C., served as a lieutenant in the 1st South Carolina Regiment during the Revolutionary War. For the resignation of John Cogdell, see GW to Alexander Hamilton, 8 May, n.1, and Lear to GW, 18–19 Sept., n.2. Lt. Alexander Spotswood Moore (1763–1799) of the 14th Virginia Regiment during the Revolution, was the youngest son of Bernard and Anna Catherine Spotswood Moore. For his appointment and that of Nathaniel Rogers, see GW to Alexander Hamilton, 8 Nov. 1790, n.2, 14 Oct. 1791, n.2, and Lear to GW, 16 Oct. 1791, n.4. On 21 Jan. 1792 Henry Remsen, Jr., replied to an apparent request of Lear’s that Moore’s commission was made out as “Inspector of the Revenue for the Ports of West Point and Cumberland” (DLC:GW).

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