II. Notes and Calculations by Jefferson
1. It requires 9. states to appropriate money, and only 7 to adjourn. There cannot therefore be buildings erected at Georgetown without the concurrence of 9 states, a number [whic]h I fear we shall never obtain. Yet if the buildings were erected, 7 could adjourn us there, and this number is within [hope], but not within certainty.
Obj. it is then but a speculation by which the state may throw away 15000 Dollars.
Answ. True, but this is the extent of their loss.
Their possible advantages will be
|1. The firmness and tone which will be given to the federal government by fixing it’s administration
more nearly central.
|2. The placing the federal council within reach of the Western states and thereby cementing them to it’s Eastern part.|
|3. Securing the seat of federal government from sudden enterprize without expensive works or establishments.|
|4. Adjacence to two states from the one or the other of which a protection may generally be expected.|
|1. Drawing the federal fleets into the bay of Chesapeak.|
|2. Bringing the federal administration nearer to the Southern states.|
|3. Rendering an attendance in Congress more convenient to Southern members, and by removing obstacles, increase the chances for inducing the best men into the office.|
|1. Attracting foreigners manufacturers and settlers to the two states of Virga. and Maryland.|
|2. Attracting commerce to them.|
|3. Throwing a very large sum of money annually into circulation which will be divided between them.|
|4. Preferment of their citizens to1 the federal administration.|
|5. The advantages of a favourable biass in the Executive officers.|
|1. The establishment of Alexandria on a par with Baltimore as a secondary place of commerce.|
|2. Leaving Norfolk in possession of all the advantages of a primary emporium.|
Add2 to these that the 100,000 offered by Virginia will never be accepted.
MS (DLC: TJ Papers, 10: 1563); entirely in TJ’s hand. The conjectured date is confirmed by TJ’s letter to Clark, 4 Dec. 1783 (note second argument in first category above concerning western states).
1. The following deleted at this point: “posts of honor-profit and power.”
2. A word, illegible, was written just above this word and was then apparently erased.