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Letter to Edward Carrington, December 23, 1795
George Washington. Autograph letter signed: Philadelphia, to Edward Carrington, 1795 Dec. 23. 2 p. + address leaf.

Philadelphia 23d. Decr 1795

Dear Sir,

Receive, I pray you, my thanks for your obliging favor of the 6th. Instt., and for other unacknowledged lettr. of antecedant date.

As, except in a single instance, they contained information only, nothing more was necessary than to know they had got safe to hand: this they did, and I feel myself much obliged in your attention to my request; as I always shall be for such communications as you may think interesting or satisfactory for me to be informed of while I remain in my present Station.

It had been expected that the Senate would put their veto on the appointment of Mr. R___ and so it [inserted: has] happened. This induced me to delay the nomination of a successor to Mr. Blair; and as the department of War is yet unfilled; I am waiting (expected) information in order [2] to make a general arrangement, or rather distribution of these Offices, before I decide upon either seperatily. [sic]

With sincere esteem & regard
I am Dear Sir
Yr. Obedt. & Affe. Servt
Go: Washington

Colo Carrington

Notes: Fitzpatrick, Writings of Washington.34: 405. Edward Carrington was the principal assistant to Knox in directing the artillery at the siege of Yorktown. He was also foreman of the jury that tried Aaron Burr for treason in 1807.