To Pierre Charles L’Enfant1
Newyork Sepber. 29. 1790.
I have examined into the State of the provision for the payment of interest to foreign officers; and am very Sorry to find that it does not admit of my complying with your wish. Funds have been appropriated for payment of that interest at Paris to the end of the year 1788. &c.
Copy, Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington.
1. L’Enfant, a Frenchman, had served as a volunteer in the Continental Army during the American Revolution. His principal fame, however, rests on his work as a designer and engineer. He had already converted the New York City Hall into Federal Hall for the new government and he was to spend the seventeen-nineties in drawing up and implementing plans for the new Federal City.