George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Timothy Pickering, 27 June 1796

Department of State June 27. 1796.


In my last I mentioned the arrival of Mr DeWitt. On saturday afternoon he delivered me the inclosed letter, expressing his reason for not accepting the office of surveyor general. The same day, in the forenoon, I received the inclosed letter from Colo. Thomas Tinsley of Virginia, desiring the appointment of Register of the Continental Land-Office; by which he doubtless means the office of surveyor general. The recommendations which accompanied his letter are also inclosed. No other applications have been made. I have the honor to be with the highest respect sir, your obt servant

Timothy Pickering

DNA: RG 59—ML—Miscellaneous Letters.


Philadelphia 25th June 1796


Since I received the appointment to the Office of Surveyor General of the United States, I have, after weighing all circumstances compared the prospects which that Office affords with those I have from my present establishment in the State of New York, and conclude they are not such as will Justify me in making a change. I regret that, for the want of the information I wished for, on a point which, with relation to myself, I have viewed as of the utmost importance, I have not been able to bring my mind to an earlier decision.

I pray you, Sir, to express to the President how much I am impressed with a Sense of the Honor of being favored with this mark of his Confidence and to assure him that nothing but an Apprehension of making too great a sacrafice could have prevailed on me not to accept the office. I have the honor to be with sentiments of the greatest respect Sir Your most obedient servant

Simeon DeWitt


Virginia. Hanover June 11th 1796


The Inclosed Letters, in support of the application, made in my behalf, by Mr Charles Lee. I have thought proper to forward to you; lest the appointments should come on, before I can personally attend. I meant to have delivered them myself, but my indisposition, for some short time past, has deprived me, of that pleasure. I have the honor to be with great respect Your Obedient Sert

Thos Tinsley

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