To the United States Senate
United States [Philadelphia]
March the 6th 1792.
Gentlemen of the Senate,
Appointments were made during the recess of the Senate, to carry into effect the act passed at the last Session of Congress, for repealing the duties heretofore laid upon distilled spirits, and laying others in their stead.1 And as these appointments must expire at the end of your present session, I nominate the following persons to be Inspectors of the Surveys and Ports annexed to their names respectively.2
|Inspectors of Surveys.|
|Districts.||Names of Inspectors.||No. of Survey.|
|Thomas Newton Jr||4.|
|North Carolina||James Read||1.|
|Joseph McDowell the younger of Pleasant Garden5||5.|
|South Carolina.||Benjamin Cudworth||2.|
|Inspectors of Ports.|
|Districts.||Ports.||Names of Inspectors.|
|New Hampshire.||Portsmouth||Thomas Martin.|
|Massachusetts.||Newbury Port||Michael Hodge|
|Marblehead||Samuel R. Gerry|
|Nantucket & Sherburne||Stephen Hussey|
|New Bedford||Edward Pope|
|Biddeford & Peperelborough||Jeremiah Hill|
|Portland & Falmouth||James Lunt|
|Frenchman’s Bay||Melatiah Jordan|
|Passamaquody||Lewis Fredk Delesdenier|
|Rhode Island.||Newport||Daniel Lyman|
|North Kingston||Daniel E. Updike|
|East Greenwich||Thomas Arnold|
|Warren & Barrington||Nathaniel Phillips|
|Pawcatuck River||George Stillman|
|Connecticut.||New London||Nathaniel Richards|
|Stonington||Jonathan Palmer Jr|
|New York||New York||John Lasher|
|Hudson||John C. Tenbrock|
|Albany||Henry I. Bogert|
|Sagg Harbour||Henry P. Deering.|
|New Jersey.||Perth Amboy.||John Halsted|
|Little Egg Harbour||Ebenezar Tucker|
|Great Egg Harbour||Daniel Benezet Junr|
|Snow Hill||John Gunby|
|Town Creek||Charles Chelton|
|Cedar Point||John C. Jones|
|St Mary’s||Robert Chesley|
|George Town||James M. Lingan.|
|Norfolk & Portsmouth||Daniel Bedinger|
|Bermuda Hundred||Christopher Roan|
|West Point||Alexander Moore|
|Port Royal||George Catlett|
|Yeocomico River||Vincent Redman|
|Dumfries||Richard M. Scott|
|Folly Landing||William Gibb|
|South Quay||Thomas Bowne|
|North Carolina.||Wilmington||Thomas Callender|
|Bennett’s Creek||John Baker|
|Plymouth||Thomas Davis Freeman|
|Indian Town||Thomas Williams|
|Currituck Inlet||Samuel Jasper|
|Pasquetank River-bridge||Edmund Sawyer|
|Newbiggen Creek||Elias Albertson.|
|South Carolina.||Charleston||Edward Weyman|
|Sunbury||John Lawson, the Younger,|
|St Mary’s||James Seagrove.|
I likewise nominate Richard Morris to be Supervisor of the District of New York; vice William S. Smith, resigned; And John Lawson the younger, to be Collector of the Port of Sunbury, in the State of Georgia; vice Cornelius Collins, deceased.
DS, DNA: RG 46, Second Congress, 1791–1793, Records of Executive Proceedings, President’s Messages—Executive Nominations; LB, DLC:GW.
After reading this message the Senate ordered it to lie for consideration. It was taken up on 7 Mar., when the Senate confirmed the Georgia appointments. The following day the Senate resumed consideration of the message and confirmed all of the remaining 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 1:102–6, 111). On 9 Mar., Lear sent Jefferson a list of the appointments confirmed by the Senate (DNA: RG 59, George Washington’s Correspondence with His Secretaries of State).
1. GW is referring to “An act repealing, after the last day of June next, the duties heretofore laid on distilled spirits imported from abroad, and laying others in their stead; and also upon spirits distilled within the United States, and for appropriating the same” of 3 Mar. 1791 (Annals of Congress description begins Joseph Gales, Sr., comp. The Debates and Proceedings in the Congress of the United States; with an Appendix, Containing Important State Papers and Public Documents, and All the Laws of a Public Nature. 42 vols. Washington, D.C., 1834–56. description ends , 1st Cong., 3d sess., 2384–2405).
2. On 4 Mar., Alexander Hamilton sent GW a “List of appointments of Inspectors of the Revenue, which took place during the recess of the Senate, as well for Ports as Surveys,” which GW incorporated into this message (DLC:GW).
3. John Nevill (1731–1803), who had been appointed a lieutenant colonel in the Continental army in November 1776, was promoted to colonel in December 1777 and was brevetted a brigadier general in September 1783. In mid-July 1794, in response to Nevill’s attempts to serve processes issued by the U.S. district court at Philadelphia against distillers who had not registered the previous year, his house, Bower Hill, near Pittsburgh, was attacked and burned.
4. James Brackenridge (1763–1833) was a member of the Virginia house of delegates 1789–1802, 1806–8, 1819–21, and 1823–24 and a Federalist congressman 1809–17. He also served as a brigadier general during the War of 1812 and aided Thomas Jefferson in the founding of the University of Virginia.
5. In his letter to GW of 4 Mar. covering the list of interim appointments, Hamilton wrote: “The President will recollect that the Joseph McDowell who was truly contemplated is ‘the younger’ of Pleasant Garden, though described in the Commission & in the List as ‘the Elder’” (DLC:GW). For the confusion over the two Joseph McDowells, see Tobias Lear to GW, 29 May 1791, note 3, and Hamilton to Lear, 24 Feb. 1792, in Hamilton to GW, 18 Feb. 1792, note 1.
6. On 30 June, Tobias Lear transmitted to Thomas Jefferson at GW’s command “the Commissn of Jas Wells, late Surveyor of the Port of Smithfield in Virga & Inspector of the Revenue for the same. Mr Wells has not returned his Commissn of Surveyorship; but he resigns both Offices of course. The reason, his being elected a Representative to the Genl Assembly. The President desires that Commissions may be made out for Copland Parker to fill the places vacated by Mr Wells” (DNA: RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters).