George Washington Papers

Tobias Lear to Thomas Jefferson, 26 October 1792

Tobias Lear to Thomas Jefferson

United States [Philadelphia], October 26th 1792.

By the President’s command T. Lear has the honor to inform the Secy of State, that the President desires Commissions to be made out for the following persons—and to bear the dates annexed thereto—viz.

John Adams, the first, and Benjamin Gunnison, second mate in the New Hampshire Cutter—June 30th 1792.

John Finley, second Mate in the New York Cutter—July 17: 1792.

David Porter, Master of the Maryland Cutter—Augt 5: 1792.

William Cooke, Master of the North Carolina Cutter, has lost his Commission by accident, the date of which was April 5th, 1791.1

John Armistead, Surveyor of the Port of Plymouth in No. Carolina, and Inspector of the Revenue, for the said Port—vice Thos Davis Freeman (superseded)—Septr 24th 1792.

Thomas Parker, Attorney for the United States in the South Carolina District; vice John J. Pringle—(resigned) October 25th 1792.2

Tobias Lear.
Secretary to the President of the United States.

ADfS, DNA: RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters; LB, DNA: RG 59, George Washington’s Correspondence with His Secretaries of State; LB (photocopy), DLC:GW.

1Alexander Hamilton recommended Adams, Gunnison, and Fenley for these appointments in his letter to GW of 26 July, and GW responded positively to those suggestions in his reply to Hamilton of 5 Aug. 1792. For correspondence concerning Porter’s appointment, see GW to Hamilton, 5 Aug., and George Gale to GW, 4 Sept., and note 2. For background on Cooke’s original commission, see GW to Cooke, 25 April 1791, and notes, and Lear to GW, 29 May 1791, n.3.

2For recent reports of Freeman’s unsuitability for his job and for recommendations of John Armistead as his replacement, see Hamilton to GW, 17 Sept. 1792, and note 1. Charleston lawyer Thomas Parker (c.1760–1820) served as district attorney for South Carolina until his death. Pringle wrote a letter of resignation to GW on 3 Sept. 1792. For GW’s nomination of Armistead and Parker, see GW to the U.S. Senate, 19 Nov. 1792.

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