Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Andrew Ellicott, 22 March 1793

To Andrew Ellicott

Philadelphia Mar. 22. 1793.


Your letter of the 16th. to the President has been duly recieved, wherein you require an examination into the execution of the general plan of the city by men of known professional abilities. If this be addressed to the President under an expectation that he should order such an examination, I have to observe to you that it would be out of the line of his interference to originate orders relative to those employed under the Commissioners. Their plans come to him for approbation or disapprobation but every thing concerning the execution is left to themselves, and particularly the President declines all interference with those employed by them, or under them: the President is sincerely concerned at the difference which has taken place: but does not suppose it to be open for any interposition on his part. To these expressions of his sentiments on the subject of your letter I have only to add those of regard & esteem from Sir Your most obedt. humble servt

Th: Jefferson

PrC (DLC); at foot of text: “Mr. Andrew Ellicot.” FC (Lb in DNA: RG 59, DL).

TJ enclosed both this letter and Ellicott’s letter to George Washington of 16 Mch. 1793 in a brief note to the President dated 22 Mch. 1793, commenting that the letter to Ellicott “if approved may go by to-day’s post” (RC in DNA: RG 59, MLR, addressed: “The President of the US.,” endorsed by Tobias Lear; Tr in Lb in same, SDC; not recorded in SJL). See also Washington to TJ, 19 Mch. 1793, and note.

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