George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Timothy Pickering, 24 August 1796

Department of State Augt 24. 1796.


Yesterday I received a letter from Mr Desaussure, late Director of the Mint, in answer to one I had written to him about some law business, in the close of which is the following paragraph.

"Permit me, sir, to say one word to you on the behalf of a friend who would accept the office of District Judge of Georgia, which Judge Pendleton has communicated his intention to resign. Mr Joseph Clay junior will be a candidate for that office. I know him perfectly well, and I know him to be a man of fine talents & sound integrity. He is attached to the General Government, & has not meddled in the party disputes in Georgia. My attachment to him impels me to state his character to you."

I beg leave to add, that yesterday Mr Habersham, the postmaster general, called on me, and upon being pressed, was more explicit than I understood him to have been in his letter to you. His answers correspond exactly with the character given of Mr Clay by Mr DeSaussure, and with what I understood from Mr Wolcott was expressed to him by the Chief Justice, Mr Elsworth. I am most respectfully, sir, Your obt servant

T. Pickering

DNA: RG 59—ML—Miscellaneous Letters.

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