George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Albin Rawlins, 26 January 1798

From Albin Rawlins

Hanover C[our]t House January 26th 1798

Honored Sir,

In Octr last my brother who lives at this place was desired by General Spotswood to procure a young man of good character for him whom he said was to live with you: I was applied to by my brother to know, if I wou’d live with you or not. I told him I shou’d prefer living with you to any other—he then wrote General Spotswood he had a brother who appeared desirous to live with yourself, and cou’d come well recommended, & by whom. Some time in novr my brother recd a third letter from Genl Spotswood—to this effect. “Your brother must not engage to live with any person, as he may rely on living with Genl Washington. & further said he wou’d in a Short time write when I shou’d go on. my brother never recd, or myself, a letter from Genl Spotswood untill some time after Christmas when he wrote You had procured a Young man: I was a little astonished he did not inform me sooner, for during this time I had two offers of business which I refused on acct of his letter, which were fill’d up before he wrote me, you’d employed a young man, however I still flatter myself that shou’d you have any business for a Young man at this time or a month or two after this—You’ll employ me. (I mean such as Writing, riding abt for you &c.) As I presume by assiduousness & attention—I shou’d merit your esteem in transacting the same; Write me by the first post—to this place. I can get a recommendation—from any Gentleman in Hanover or Caroline—of my acquaintance.1 I am honor’d Sir Yr Obt Servt

Albin Rawlins


1For the negotiations leading to the hiring of Rawlins as GW’s clerk, see the references in note 1, Alexander Spotswood to GW, 28 Oct. 1797.

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