From the District of Columbia Commissioners
Washington 3d October 1798
We had the honor of your favor of the 28 th ulto enclosing two Checks on the Bank of Alexandria; the one for D. Carroll for $428 40/100 the other for the Commissioners $178 57/100, and have directed the proper conveyances to be prepared for your purchases of the public; the deed from Mr Carroll was executed this day.1 Mr Blagdin delivered in his estimate yesterday amounting to $12,982 29/100. To determine on the merits of this estimate will require some investigation & information from sundry mechanics which will take some time. No time shall be lost in making every necessary enquiry, and as soon as possible the result shall be forwarded.2
Upon examining the sales book no doubt is left of your being clearly entitled to the water Lots agreeably to the plan received from you. We are, with sentiments of the highest respect Yr most Obt Servts
ALS, CSmH. LB, DNA: RG, 42, Records of the Commissioners for the District of Columbia, Letters Sent, 1791-1802
1. There is in MiDbEI a document dated 3 Oct. 1798 and signed by the three commissioners certifying that on 23 June 1794 GW purchased “Lot numbered One, in Square numbered twenty one, in the City of Washington for the sum of two hundred pounds, Maryland currency . . . and the principal and interest of the purchase-money for said Lot being paid,” GW was “entitled to the same Lot, in fee-simple.” The deed from Daniel Carroll of Duddington to GW, 3 Oct. 1798, is quoted in Alexander White to GW, 8 Sept., n.1.
2. For references to the commissioners’ negotiations with George Blagdin, see GW to the District of Columbia Commissioners, 28 Sept., n.2.