18 July 1796
To his Excellency the President of the United States
The Memorial of William Wilson most respectfully Sheweth That your Memoralist has for many years been in the Mercantile Line and being now fixed with his Family in the Back Settlements of Pennsylvania and desireous of an Industrious Active Life—Requests that your Execellency amongst your Appointments to Persons in Trust for the Trade between the United States and the Indian Nations; may be pleased to Commission Your Memoralist. Upon the Recommendations and Security to be offered to your Excellency’s Satisfaction.
That such an Appointment will be thankfully acknowledged and punctually attended to by your Memoralist.
We the Subscribers being well acquainted with William Wilson esquire and Knowing him to be in the Mercantile Line of Business for a Number of Years past, holding now a Commission as a Magistrate beg leave to recommend him as a Confidential Person suitable and well qualified to Superintend one of the Public Stores in the Indian Trade.
John A. Hanna
DLC: Papers of George Washington.