From Mount Vernon, GW wrote Francis Hopkinson, a judge of the Pa. admiralty court. He explained that should he have to enter the presidency, he wanted to do so without promising to give out positions beforehand, even though he had strong inclinations to help so capable a friend. He would need to “be totally at liberty...to act with a sole reference to justice & the public good.”
Poetess Annis Boudinot Stockton wrote GW to congratulate him on his new office. She enclosed a poem addressed to him.