From Martin Eichelberger
Baltimore July 18th 1794
By the death of Genl Williams the Office of Collector has become Vacant an event long expected. as it is Natural in cases of this kind for Officers to expect preferment. I beg leave (through the Encouragement of the respectable part of the Citizens of Baltimore) in case of a Vacancy in the surveyors Office for this Port to renew my former application & to refer your Excellency to my recommendations, actuated by no other motive than a wish for a permanency.1 I hope my application will meet your Excellencys approbation—With every sentiment of attachment and respect, I have the honour to be Your Excellencys most Obt Servant
1. For Eichelberger’s former applications of 1789 and 1793 for the office of surveyor for the port of Baltimore, see James McHenry to GW, 2 July 1789, and n.1, and Eichelberger to GW, 8 Aug. 1793. The office of surveyor for Baltimore did not become vacant in consequence of collector Otho Holland Williams’s death, as GW appointed the port’s naval officer, Robert Purviance, to become collector, and the surveyor, Daniel Delozier, failed in his application to replace Purviance.