George Washington Papers

From George Washington to the United States Senate, 6 March 1792

To the United States Senate

United States [Philadelphia]
6th March 1792

Gentlemen of the Senate,

As it will require time to ascertain suitable characters, for the commissioned Officers of the Troops about to be raised, I shall occasionally make such nominations as shall appear to be proper.

I now nominate the persons named in the list accompanying this Message,1 for the commissioned Officers of twelve Companies, intended to be raised upon the frontiers of Pennsylvania and Virginia.2

Go: Washington

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

2After reading GW’s message this day, the Senate ordered it to lie for consideration. When it was taken up again the following day, the Senate confirmed all of the listed appointments (see 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 1:101–2, 105). Tobias Lear immediately informed Henry Knox of the Senate’s concurrence (Lear to Knox, 7 Mar., DLC:GW).

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