George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Thomas Jefferson, 11 July 1792

From Thomas Jefferson

[Philadelphia, 11 July 1792]1

Th: Jefferson with his respects to the President sends him a letter to received by which he will perceive that mister Blodget has deposited with the two Boston banks 10,000 Doll. subject to the draught of the Commissioners.2

also two proof sheets of the city: recd from Boston.3

AL, DNA: RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters; LB, DNA: RG 59, George Washington’s Correspondence with His Secretaries of State; LB (photocopy), DLC:GW.

1The dockets on the autograph letter and the letter-book copy both indicate that this note was written on 11 July 1792.

2For the enclosed letter, see Samuel Blodget, Jr., to Jefferson, 25 June 1792, in 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 24:119–20. For more information about Blodget’s loan proposal, see GW to the Commissioners for the District of Columbia, 6 Mar., and note 7, Jefferson to GW, c.21 Mar., and note 2, and GW to Jefferson, 21, 30 Mar., and 3 April 1792.

3Harrison Gray Otis, the bearer of Blodget’s letter to Jefferson, also had delivered “four first Impressions of the City of Washington, from the plate executed by your order” by Samuel Hill of Boston (ibid., 119–20). For earlier attempts to have a plan of the Federal City engraved by M. Pigalle, see GW to Tobias Lear, 2 Oct., n.5, and Lear to GW, 6, 9, 11 Oct. 1791. For the revision of Pierre L’Enfant’s original draft by Jefferson and Andrew Ellicott, see GW to Jefferson, 15, 28 Feb. 1792; see also the editorial note, “Fixing the Seat of Government,” ibid., 20:63–69. For the employment of Hill as the engraver of a Plan of the City of Washington in the Territory of Columbia, Ceded by the States of Virginia and Maryland to the United States of America . . . (Boston, 1792), see GW to Jefferson, 4 Mar., and notes 3 and 4, to the Commissioners for the District of Columbia, 6 Mar. 1792, n.8; see also the editorial note, “Fixing the Seat of Government,” and Blodget to Jefferson, 20 April, 3 May 1792, ibid., 20:68–69, 23:437, 479–80.

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