George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Thomas Sim Lee, 9 December 1792

To Thomas Sim Lee

Phila. Decr 9th 1792

Dr Sir,

I have to acknowledge the Receipt of your Excellency’s letter of the 1st Inst. recommending Mr Benj’n Harwood to be Loan Officer for the U.S. in Maryland, and to express the satisfaction which I always feel in finding respectable & dignified Characters united in testifying to the merits & ability of those Candidates for office where I have not had an opportunity of being personally acquainted with their merits or pretensions.1 I have the honor to be with great esteem Your Excellency’s Most Obedt Set.

Df, DNA: RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters; LB, DLC:GW.

1For background on Benjamin Harwood’s appointment as the federal commissioner of loans for Maryland and for Maryland governor Lee’s letter of recommendation, see Harwood to GW, 3 Dec. 1792, and note 1.

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