George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Timothy Pickering, 28 March 1795

From Timothy Pickering

War-Office March 28. 1795.


I have received letters from Kon-ondaigua, informing me of the death of General Chapin: and I take the liberty of inclosing letters from divers respectable inhabitants of that country, strongly recommending the General’s son, Israel Chapin, to succeed his father.1 What they say of him appears to me strictly just. He has been so much employed by his father in the affairs of the Six Nations, that he is well acquainted with them. I do not know any man in that country who has equal pretensions. One thing I with great confidence expect—an honest application of all monies and goods and provisions destined for the use of the Indians, which pass through his hands. I am with the greatest respect sir, your most obt servant

Timothy Pickering

P.S. I beg leave to present with the recommendatory letters, one from Captain Chapin, the Candidate for the office, as a Specimen of his manner of writing.2


1The enclosed letters have not been identified.

2Pickering may have enclosed the letter from Israel Chapin, Jr., of 10 March, which reported the death of his father, the Indians’ reaction, and his replies to Indians who wished him “to attend to their business” (NHi: Henry O’Reilly Collection). Chapin did succeed his father as agent to the Iroquois (Pickering to Chapin, 6 April, NHi: Henry O’Reilly Collection).

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