George Washington Papers

To George Washington from District of Columbia Commissioners, 13 November 1799

From District of Columbia Commissioners

Washington 13th Novr 1799


Agreeably to your request, we enclose you an account of the second Instalment on your purchase of lot No. 16 in Square No. 634, which became due 25th Septr last1—the amount you will please to remit when Convenient to yourself.2 We are with sentiments of the highest respect &c.

G: Scott

W: Thornton

A: White

Copy, DNA: RG 42, Records of the Commissioners for the District of Columbia, Letters Sent, 1791–1802.

1When GW bought this lot on Capitol Hill from the commissioners on 25 Sept. 1798, he paid them $178.57, one-third of its cost, and contracted to pay the remainder in two annual installments. See Alexander White to GW, 8 Sept. 1798, n.1.

2GW wrote to the commissioners on 18 Nov.: “Gentlemen, Your letter of the 13th instt and its enclosure, did not reach my hands until Saturday morning.

“Enclosed you will find a check on the Bank of Columbia for my dividend on Stock, in that Bank, for the last half year. Not knowing precisely, what percentage it drew, I am uncertain whether it will exceed, or fall short of your demand on me for the 2d instalment on lot No. 16, in the City. If the latter, please to inform me of the deficiency, and the amount shall be transmitted in Bank Notes. With great esteem & respect I am Gentlemen Your Most Obedt Hble Ser. Go: Washington” (ALS, PHi: Gratz Collection). The enclosed check of 18 Nov. sent to the Bank of Columbia reads: “Please to pay to the Commissioners of the City of Washington, the dividend of my Stock in Bank due in September last. Go: Washington” (AD, PWacD). Someone made this notation on GW’s check:

“178.57 C. Com[mission]ers
 93 43 Cash
272 00

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