21 March 1789

From Mount Vernon, GW wrote to lawyer Gustavus Scott, Va.politician Edward Stevens, and London merchant Samuel Vaughan. GW explained that should he become president, he could not promise beforehand any government positions to anyone, as he did not desire to enter into the office with prior obligations. GW wished to assign government positions based on a reflection of merit and equitable representation of men from all the states.

GW wrote Scottish immigrant Robert Dick to thank him for forwarding a 1787 report on Canada’s economic activities. He also wrote to thank Annis Stockton for sending her “elegant poem” featuring him.    

GW’s rent collection agent Battaile Muse wrote from Berkeley County, Va., to update GW on managing tenants and the land disputes GW had with nearby farmers.


21 March 1789