War Office 29 June 1796.
I beg you to sign the within authority to borrow for the use of the City of Washington and to have it returned to me with a power signed by the three commissioners. You may recollect that the one sent me for a duplicate contained only the names of two of them viz. Mr Scotts & Mr Thorntons. The Willinks may consider that power as imperfect as the law and your authority have reference to three. With the greatest respect I have the honour to be Sir Your most obt St
DLC: Papers of George Washington.