George Washington Papers

To George Washington from William Powell, 25 September 1793

From William Powell

New Haven Septr 25th 1793


Inclosed I have the Honor of forwarding you, the address of a number of the principle Merchants, Traders & other respectable Inhabitants of this City, in my favor for the Office of Collector of this district, who’s credibility will bear examination.1 I have the honor to be with the highest respect Sir Your most Obedient & most humble Servant

Willm Powell


1This enclosure has not been identified. On 27 Sept. Powell wrote GW another letter, enclosing “the recommendations from the Gentlemen of Derby and Milford, Ports in this District, which are all that are conversant at the Office.” The recommendation from Milford has likewise not been found, but the recommendation from Derby, signed by Canfield Gillet, William I. Bellamy, Samuel Hull, William Mansfield, John Howard, Abijah Hull, Richard Mansfield, Jr., Joseph Davis, David Hitchcock, Stone & Lewis, Ebenezer Gracey, Sheldon Clark, William Clark, Jr., Jabez Thompson, and Joseph Whelen, and certified on 25 Sept. by Justice of the Peace John Humphreys that “the aforegoing Persons are all the Principle Merchants in this Port,” states that “William Powell of the City of New Haven has ever since the establishment of the Customs under the present Government, been an active and diligent officer and particularly useful in the Collectors Office and for a number of years has uniformly Acted as deputy Collector in the Sickness and absence of the Collector, and we recommend him as a fit person, to succeed the late Jonathan Fitch Esqr. as Collector of this Port and District” (all documents DLC:GW). GW, however, appointed David Austin, Sr., instead of Powell.

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