George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Thomas Jefferson, 28 February 1792

To Thomas Jefferson

[Philadelphia, c.28 February 1792]1

Would it be advisable to let L’Enfont alter the Plan if he will do it in a certn given time—and provided also we retain the means if any thing unfair is intended that we may not suff[er].

Ought any thing to be said in my letter to him respecting payment for his past Services.

Should Mr Ellicot be again asked in strong & explicit terms if the Plan exhibited by him is conformable to the actual state of things on the ground and agreeable to the designs of Majr L’E.

Also whether he will undertake and execute with all possible dispatch the laying off the Lots agreeably to the Plan—under the Authority & orders of the Comrs.2

AL, DLC: Thomas Jefferson Papers.

For the background to this letter, see Pierre L’Enfant to GW, 21 Nov. 1791, editorial note.

1This letter undoubtedly was written after the receipt of L’Enfant’s letter of 27 Feb. 1792, in which he finally declined to act under the direction of the commissioners, but before the completion of GW’s letter to L’Enfant of 28 February. Jefferson endorsed it as having been received on “Feb. 28 or 29.”

2No reply from Jefferson to these queries has been found. L’Enfant was not permitted to be involved in revising the plan before it was engraved. For the revision of the plan, see Jefferson Papers description begins Julian P. Boyd et al., eds. The Papers of Thomas Jefferson. 40 vols. to date. Princeton, N.J., 1950—. description ends , 20:63–66.

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