George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Jonathan Trumbull, Jr., 16 April 1781

New Windsor April 16th 1781


Colo. Harrison who has acted as my Secretary since the beginning of 1776 has accepted an honorable & profitable Civil appointment in the State of Maryland and is gone to enjoy it. The circle of my acquaintanc[e] does not furnish a character that would be more pleasing to me as a successor to him than yours; I make you the first offer therefore of the vacant Office & should be happy on your acceptance of it.

The pay is one hundred dollars pr Month—the Rations that of a Lieutt Colonel in the Army—(which, in fact, is additional; as the value thereof is received in money)—No perquisites appertain to the Office—The Secretary lives as I do—is at little expence while he is in my family, or when absent on my business—and is in the highest confidence & estimation from the nature of his Office.

I mention these things for your information and shall be happy in a speedy & favourable answer. being with great esteem & Regard Dr Sir Yr.

DLC: Papers of George Washington.

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