George Washington Papers

To George Washington from the Commissioners for the District of Columbia, 6 June 1792

From the Commissioners for the District of Columbia

George-Town 6th June 1792


We enclose you a Copy of a Section of our Act of the Assembly of Maryland, passed at the last session, the Treasurer, as we are informed, has about 24,000 Dollars now in Hand, we shall be obliged to you for your Order, as the late Demands has been so heavy that it is proper to lodge more Money in our Treasurers hands1—There is a Ballance of 5746 Maryland Currency yet to receive on the Virginia Donation for the first Year2—we are sir with the highest Respect Yours &c.

Th. Johnson

Dd Stuart

Danl Carroll

LB, DNA: RG 42, Records of the Commissioners for the District of Columbia, Letters Sent.

For the acts of the Maryland and Virginia legislatures providing, respectively, $72,000 and $120,000 for the construction of public buildings in the Federal City, see Daniel Carroll to GW, 22 Jan. 1791, John Eager Howard to GW, 22 Jan. 1791, and Beverley Randolph to GW, 15 Feb. 1791, n.1.

1For GW’s order for this purpose, see GW to Thomas Harwood, 11 June 1792.

2The D.C. commissioners wrote Gov. Henry Lee on 6 June asking when they might expect the balance of the first installment of Virginia’s donation to the Federal City. Lee replied from Richmond, Va., on 29 June: “I have submitted your letter of the 6th of June to the Council of State. The executive are very desirous of enabling you by every means in their power to forward the important work committed to your care and lament that it is not practicable to ascertain the Periods at which you may expect payments of the contribution of this Commonwealth, in as much as they are occasionally called on for advances of money in the protection of the frontiers, which object demands a preferential attention. The balance of the first instalment is nine thousand Dollars one moiety of which is now subject to your order, and the remaining moiety will be paid as soon as in our power, nor shall any unavoidable delay interrupt your receipt of the monies arising under the second instalment” (DNA: RG 42, Records of the Commissioners for the District of Columbia, Letters Received).

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