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To George Washington from Thomas Bourke, 27 February 1797

Sir Phila. 27th Febry 1797.

Considering that I have not the honor of being known to you, I fear I shall be justly charged with an unreasonable share of Confidence, in the liberty I take in troubling you With this letter.

About the Middle of last Month, Genl Gun & Colo. Tatnal, Signified to me their wish of Seeing me Appointed Surveyor of the Port of Savannah in the State of Georgia, where I reside, And Genl Gunn was good enough to introduce me to the Secretary of the Treasury; whom he requested to have me Nominated, And upon whom I waited a few days after, agreeable to his desire, when he Asked if I had been Acquainted with the Gentlemen from Georgia; to which I replied, that I was well acquainted with Genl Gun, Colo. Tatnal & Mr Mellidge; but not with Mr Baldwin, whom I had Never Seen; As he lived in the interior parts of Georgia, when Not attending on Congress; And begd leave to refer him to these Gentlemen: he then desired to know, whether I was Acquainted with Colo. Habersham, and his brother, Major Habersham; to which I Answered That I was, And Observed that it was a great inducement with me, to have to do with so Amiable, and Worthy a Man, as the Collector of Savannah, And there the business ended. I could have refered the Secretary, to the Senators, and most of the representatives, from south Cara, as also to Mr steel, Controler of the Treasury, in respect of my Character &c. I have the honor to be, your Excellencies Mo: Obt servt

Tho. Bourke

DNA: RG 59--State Department.

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