DescriptionGeorge Washington Document Signed "Go Washington" as President, one page, 12.5" x 8". New York, August 4, 1789. Appointment of Jedediah Huntington as Collector of the Port of New-London, Connecticut. On August 3, 1789, in his fourth month as President, Washington submitted to the Senate his first nominations for Collector in 59 ports in the 13 states. On August 5th, the Senate, for the first time, rejected a nomination and established what has come to be known as "senatorial courtesy." Washington had submitted a total of 102 appointments as collectors, naval officers, and surveyors to seaports. The Senate agreed to all except Benjamin Fishbourn of Georgia who, years earlier, had offended James Gunn who was now one of Georgia's two senators. The President submitted a replacement, and a tactful letter of protest, urging members who might question future nominations "to communicate that circumstance to me, and thereby avail yourselves of the information which led me to make them and which I would with pleasure lay before you." In later years, as the tradition of senatorial courtesy evolved, presidents would survey Senators of their party before submitting candidates from their states to fill executive and judicial positions.
General Jedediah Huntington (1743-1818), one of the organizers of the Society of the Cincinnati, was a member of the court martial of Gen. Charles Lee (1778) and of the board that sentenced Major André (1780) to death. He served as Collector until his death. The document is on laid paper with a clear watermark of, ironically, a crown with "GR" below it representing King George III (George Rex). Small mounting remnants on verso, no show-through. Light discoloration at perimeter. Excellent signature of Washington. Fine condition.
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