George Washington Papers

To George Washington from John Tayloe, 14 June 1799

From John Tayloe

Mount Airy 14th June 1799

Dear Sir

T’was my intention to have written you from Annapolis—on my return from Phi[ladelphi]a but my time would not allow me that pleasure—I therefore take this opportunity of returning you my warmest thanks for your letter to the Secretary of War—Which I delivered him1—He seemed much averse to my declining at this time the acceptance of the Majority in the Regiment of Light Dragoons—saying he did not know twould be necessary immediately to fill the vacancy—as there was not a probability of this Regiment being quickly raised—Under this idea—I consented to remain—as I had stood before—intending instantly to accept—provided the Service of the Regiment is required—else to decline the acceptance any time before the meeting of our next Assembly—provided a vacancy could be left for me—(of equal rank) in the Cavalry to be hereafter raised—This Mr McHenry could see no impropriety in—& promised me to write you—at the same time on the subject—& requested me to do the same2—I trust no inconvenience to the service will arise from this arrangement—& that it will meet your full approbation. I pray you to present me very respectfully to Mrs Washington—& believe me with esteem your obliged & Obedt Servt

John Tayloe


1See GW to Tayloe, 5 May, and the references in note 1 of that document.

2Tayloe never did take up his commission as major in the cavalry. See Return of Officers, 1800, in ASP, Military Affairs, description begins Walter Lowrie et al., eds. American State Papers. Documents, Legislative and Executive, of the Congress of the United States. 38 vols. Washington, D.C., Gales and Seaton, 1832–61. description ends 1:147.

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