Washington Feby 6th 1797
I take the liberty to address you a few lines, which I hope will not intrude much on your time, and when I assure you I am actuated from the best of principles, I flatter myself my intention will be received in a proper manner—I am informed, & I believe the fact is so, that the Commissioners are about to erect two large offices contg forty rooms each, near the Presidents house, this being the case can any one in this place suppose the funds which are known will be sufficient to compleat the two public Buildings, & the offices, or is it not known sufficient to the satisfaction of every one, that the funds now likely to be procured, will be barely sufficient to finish what is already begun, & to do this I am fearfull will require more oeconomy & management, than has been displayed heretofore—The idea of those offices has thrown a damp on the spirit of all, & I believe will be the cause of preventing numbers going on with improvements, as they must be satisfied if they are prosecuted, which will require a large sum taken from the Capitol & Presidents house, the whole will remain unfinished by the year 1800—With respect to myself, I must candidly own, & I hope I shall be believed, that were the offices to be put around the Capitol, where my Interest lies, I woud be among the first, to oppose it & think it an improper step, while the funds for compleating the Capitol, & Presidents house remain as they are—I had intended to erect a handsome tavern adjoining the Capitol, but this step will prevent my laying out one shilling, I have three brick houses by the Capitol, but so little has been the attention paid to that building, & so much seems to be the wish intirely to defeat it, that they remain generally dead on my hands—With the highest esteem & wishes for your happyness I remain Sir Your Mo. Obt Sert
Danl Carroll of Dudn
DLC: Papers of George Washington.