George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Benjamin Stoddert, 9 October 1798

To Benjamin Stoddert

Mount Vernon 9th Oct. 1798


Captn John Spotswood (Son of General Spotswood of this State) will have the honor of presenting this letter to you.

He means to offer his Services in the Naval line. He has been long accustomed to a Sea faring life—is a good Navigator—and for many years has been Master & Commander of Vessels. He is sober. His wishes can be best expressed by himself—& you will be the best judge of their propriety.1 With great esteem & regard I am Sir Your Most Obedt Hble Ser.

Go: Washington

ALS (letterpress copy), DLC:GW.

1For GW’s dealings with John Augustine Spotswood, see Alexander Spotswood to GW, 16 Sept. 1798, n.6. In 1799 GW recommended another son of Alexander Spotswood for a commission in the navy (see GW to Stoddert, 10 July 1799).

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