George Washington Papers

To George Washington from James Abercrombie, 20 October 1793

From James Abercrombie

Philada Octr 20th 1793.


The death of Dr Frederick Phile the late Naval Officer of this State, occasioning a vacancy in that department, I beg leave to offer myself a Candidate for the appointment.

I forbear to trouble your Excellency with testimonials in my favor, as I flatter myself those recommendations which upon my application for the Treasuryship of the Mint, I presented to Coll Hamilton, will operate with equal force on the present occasion.1 I shall therefore only assure your Excellency, that If I am so happy as to obtain your approbation and patronage, my best abilities shall unremittingly be exerted, to discharge the duties of the office with fidelity and accuracy.2 I have the honor to be, Your Excellency’s, Most obedt hble Servt

Jas Abercrombie


1Alexander Hamilton had enclosed the recommendations, which have not been identified, in his letter to GW of 11 April 1792.

2Abercrombie did not receive this appointment.

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