George Washington Papers

To George Washington from the Commissioners for the District of Columbia, 10 January 1792

From the Commissioners for the District of Columbia

George-Town [Md.] January 10th 1792


Several Incidents have occurred since Yesterday Evening—We had a conversation with Mr Roberdeau, which at first ⟨intimated⟩ no disposition to accomodate but afterwards on being renewed opened a prospect of our being able to retain him consistant with our own Views—This morning received a Letter from him and had another Conversation with him, which induced us to point out by Letter to him certain Objects to which we desired his Attention, But this Afternoon he wrote us again cutting off all further Connection with him1—We have placed the little we can, order in other hands—Mr Johnson will be in Philadelphia early next Month, and if from Facts being observed, it should be necessary, any will be able to correct any mistake of them2—We are &c.

Thos Johnson

Dd Stuart

Danl Carroll

Copy, DNA: RG 42, Records of the Commissioners for the District of Columbia, Letters Sent, 1791–1802.

For the background to this letter, see Pierre L’Enfant to GW, 21 Nov. 1791, editorial note, and Commissioners for the District of Columbia to GW, 9 Jan. 1792.

1Isaac Roberdeau’s letter to the commissioners of this date refusing to obey their orders and stating that he received instructions only from L’Enfant is in DNA: RG 42, General Records, Letters Received, 1791–1867.

2Illness forced Thomas Johnson to postpone his trip to Philadelphia to discuss the Federal City with GW and attend the February 1792 term of the Supreme Court (see David Stuart to GW, 26 Feb. 1792).

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