George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Edmund Hogan, 23 April 1793

From Edmund Hogan

Loganian Library, Philadelphia, 23 April 1793. Writes that “The person who addresses you, wants a place as a Clerk, He is thoroughly acquainted with accounts, & is well recommended; He has been employed in a conspicuous station some months past, is now unemployed because a necessity for a person in the station wherein he had been engaged, does not at present exist:”1 Hogan explains that “the necessity the writer is under of soliciting employment, as the only means left him of supporting a large family, impel him to make this application.”


1Edmund Hogan presumably became unemployed when the Library Company of Philadelphia annexed the Loganian Library and slowly began transferring its holdings in March 1792 (Pennsylvania Gazette [Philadelphia], 4 April 1792). The Loganian Library, named after the learned Quaker James Logan (1674–1751), was located on Sixth Street between Chestnut and Walnut Streets, the same address as that of the “Scrivener” Hogan in 1793 (ibid., 30 Oct. 1760; Philadelphia Directory, 1793 description begins James Hardie. The Philadelphia Directory and Register . . .. Philadelphia, 1793. description ends 66). GW did not hire Hogan, and the former clerk went on to edit city directories and juridical works.

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