George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Hugh Williamson, 9 December 1793

From Hugh Williamson

Edenton [N.C.] 9th Decr 1793.


You will readily believe that I am extremely desirous of being near my Children so as to have an Eye on the Progress of their Education and this cannot well be in Carolina where the State of the Climate proves unfavourable to the means of Learning. With this Impression I take the Liberty to intimate that a respectable Employment viz. any Office by the immediate nomination of the President and at the Seat of Government would be acceptable to me. Some Office may chance to be erected or may become vacant to the Duties of which I might not be unequal. In such Case, if my name should be thought of, I have only to promise for myself Diligence and Fidelity, of the other necessary Talents you are a much better Judge. I have also to observe that as Offices to which large Salaries are attached generally require superior Talents and are at the same Time Objects of Competition and Envy, my Ambition does not aspire to such Places.

You will be pleased to excuse the Liberty I have taken in this Intimation and to be assured that I am with the most profound Respect Your most obedient and very humble Servant

Hu. Williamson


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