George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Marinus Willett, 16 May 1794

From Marinus Willett

New York May 16th 1794


Mr Joseph R. Yates the son of the Chief Justice of this State is desirous of entering into the New Corps of Artillerists directed to be raised1—From the abilities of this Young Gentleman, from his respectable connection and from other circumstances, I am of opinion there is not a young Gentleman in this state (who would accept the appointment) will raise a good company sooner or command it better then Mr Yates—permit me therefore most respectfully to recommend him to your consideration. I have the honor to be Sir, With sentiments of the most exalted respect and esteem your most obedient and very humble servant

Marinus Willett


1GW nominated Joseph R. Yates (1773-1804) to be a lieutenant of artillery on 31 May, but he declined the appointment. In 1798 John Adams again nominated Yates to become an artillery lieutenant, and again he declined. His father, Robert Yates (1738-1801) of Albany, was chief justice of the New York Supreme Court from 1790 to 1798.

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