George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Thomas FitzSimons, 21 October 1793

From Thomas FitzSimons

Philada 21. October 1793.


The death of Mr Phile the late Naval Officer of this district haveing left a vacancy in an important Office I beg leave to Call your attention to my worthy friend Mr Clymer on Whose Capacity for executeing the duties of that office it is Unnecessary for me to make any observation. he has for some time been determined on resigning the Appointment he at present holds and only waited till the business was properly Arranged and time was afforded to find a proper Sucessor.1

It would be presumption in me to Suggest any reasons that should induce the President to give him this appointment in preference to many others who will apply for it.

I will only take the liberty to add that it would gratify a Great Number of people in this City who are Among the most respectable And the Most Zealous Supporters of Government. With the Greatest respect I am Sir Yr Mo. hble Servt

Thos FitzSimons


1George Clymer did not resign his post as supervisor of the revenue for Pennsylvania until around June 1794, and there is no evidence that he made any direct application to become naval officer at this time.

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