George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Jeremiah Banning, 7 September 1793

From Jeremiah Banning

Easton, Maryland, Septr 7th 1793.


I am injoined by such of the Citizens of Talbot County as were present at a Meeting held this day at Easton, to communicate to you the inclosed Resolutions; and at the same time to express to you their Esteem and Attachment to your person, and their heartfelt Wishes for your constant Health and Happiness. I accordingly comply with their Injunction; and in the Execution of this Office I feel the most distinguished pleasure. I have the Honor to be, Sir, Your most obedient servant,

Jeremiah Banning chairman

ALS, DLC:GW; LB, DLC:GW. The cover for this letter, which was sent “Free” by “mail,” is marked “Easton, Sept. 8.” The letter was published in the Maryland Herald, and Eastern Shore Intelligencer (Easton), 15 October.

Jeremiah Banning (1733–1798), a merchant, served as a colonel in the Talbot County militia during the Revolutionary War and as a justice for Talbot County from 1778 to 1789. Banning also represented Talbot County at Maryland’s convention to ratify the U.S. Constitution in 1788. He was at this time collector of the customs and inspector of the port at Oxford, Md., having been appointed to those posts by GW in 1789 and 1791 (the latter submitted and confirmed in 1792).

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