From the Commissioners for the District of Columbia
June 24th 1793
We beg leave to refer you to Mr Blodget on the subject of the National University to which in general we have the most friendly disposition, and the site painted out by him we entirely approve if it can be had on the generous terms proposed, on its meeting your approbation we will do every thing in our power in favour of the important institution.1 We are &ca
LB, DNA: RG 42, Records of the Commissioners for the District of Columbia, Letters Sent, 1791–1802.
1. On GW’s long-standing desire to promote the establishment of a national university, see his address to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, 8 Jan. 1790, and his Last Will and Testament, 9 July 1799, and note 6 (Papers, Retirement Series description begins W. W. Abbot et al., eds. The Papers of George Washington, Retirement Series. 4 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1998–99. description ends , 4:483, 496). On Samuel Blodget, Jr.’s promotion of a national university and the failure to establish such an institution, see Arnebeck, Through a Fiery Trial description begins Bob Arnebeck. Through a Fiery Trial: Building Washington, 1790–1800. Lanham, Md., and London, 1991. description ends , 163, 202–3, 272, 393, 399, 411.