Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from the Commissioners of the Federal District, 2 June 1792

From the Commissioners of the Federal District

George Town 2d June 1792


The State of our Funds is such, that we can with convenience agree to the indulgence Mr. Blodget desires. We have fixed on the eighth of October for a public Sale of Lots agreeable to the inclosed Advertizement.

The introduction of Mechanicks and Labourers from Europe, being thought by the friends of the City so advisable a measure; we have again taken up that subject: it may indeed eventually be useful, perhaps almost necessary, and considering this a favorable time to hold out additional motives for Emigration, we shall endeavour to concert a plan, with some of the Scotch merchants, to bring over some Stone Cutters and others from that Country. We request you also to fall on measures to procure about 100 Germans single men and as many of them Stone Cutters, Masons and Bricklayers, as can be readily had, we will make any arrangements you may think proper, to pay the common passage money to Alexandria or George Town—the Tradesmen to work 16 the Labourers 20 months for their passage. This number may not be a sufficient inducement to send a Ship on purpose to this river, but we have no doubt but that any number of passengers may be immediately disposed of here on the common Terms. We hold it essential that the Ship should come here as this may begin to be known, a proper place for the Destination of Emigrants. We are Sir with respect your mo obedt hum Servts

Th Johnson

Dd: Stuart

Danl. Carroll

RC (DLC); in a clerk’s hand except for signatures; endorsed by TJ as received 7 June 1792 and so recorded in SJL. FC (DNA: RG 42, DCLB).

The inclosed advertizement, adopted at the 2 June 1792 meeting of the Commissioners, stated: “A number of Lots in every situation which may be desired in the City of Washington will be offered for sale by the Commissioners on Monday the 8th day of October next. One fourth part of the purchase money to be paid down, the residue in three equal annual payments with yearly interest on the whole principal unpaid” (FC in DNA: RG 42, PC).

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