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To insure a safe conveyance to the advertisements of the proposed alterations of the conditions of improvements, & to save expense; we have enclosed them to you. to be franked, which we the more readily do, as the alteration is the Act of the President, and not of the board. We are, sir &c. DNA : RG 42--Records of the Commissioners for the District of Columbia, Letters Sent.
Letter not found: from Gustavus Scott, 11 May 1795. On 17 May, GW wrote Scott: “I have been duly favored with your letter of the 11th instt.”
It is with much regret, we trouble you with the enclosures, but as the appropriations will now be finally determined, we hope it will be the last application on that subject. We have only to observe, that Mr Davidson has received payment for his proportion of the President’s Square, as delineated on the engraved plan. We are, with sentiments &c. DNA : RG 42--Records of the Commissioners for...
We have the honor of your favor of the 30th Ulto & have communicated to Mr Freeman, that part of it which respects him—We now enclose a Duplicate Copy of our power of Attorney to Messrs Willinks—Should it be necessary, we can easily forward a Triplicate, executed by a full board. We are &c. DNA : RG 42--Records of the Commissioners for the District of Columbia, Letters Sent.
We had the honor of receiving yours of the 17th Inst. by last mail—The ideas expressed in your former Letter were perfectly understood, as you will see, by our answer of yesterday. We wish a Bill to incorporate the Commissioners, may be passed by Congress—It will obviate many inconveniencies & place the property of the United–States in a more eligible situation than heretofore—We had some Idea...
We enclose a copy of a Letter from Messrs Morris & Nicholson respecting the completion of their titles; and supposing that the most eligible mode of accommodating those gentlemen, as well as all others Similarly circumstanced, will be, to obtain a conveyance from the Trustees to the Commissioners, agreeably to a clause in the Deeds of Trust, authorising such conveyance; we also enclose a form...
Since our last to you, Mr Walker has been with us, and has often mentioned the subject treated of in the enclosed Letter—presuming that you have yet come to no determination on the Several Subjects submitted in our last Letters for your opinion, we inclose a copy of Mr Walker’s Letter, which, if it deserves weight, will, we have no doubt, receive it. We are, with entire respect Yrs &c. DNA :...
Since our first Letter of this date, we have thought it prudent to write to Mr Wolcott & to enclose to him the proposals for a Loan from the Bank drawn out into detail, both which are left open for your perusal & approbation, without which we do not consider ourselves at liberty to make the propositions. Not knowing what may be the event of the application to the Bank, we have thought it...
Since our last to you, we have been obliged to abandon all hopes of seeing Mr Morris here; in consequence of which, we forwarded to him, on the 15th a Letter of which, the enclosed is a Copy—We certainly mean to pursue the measures intimated in our Letter. A second Letter from Mr Wolcott of the 13th Inst. gives us no hopes of any aid—from the Bank of the United States—We are proceeding to...
Upon an accurate research into the several laws past by the Legislature of Maryland respecting that part of the City formerly known by the names of Carrollsburgh and Hamburgh, it is thought, that the order lately made by you for a reconveyance, may not be extensive enough to include those Lots—We therefore take the liberty of requesting your signature to the enclosed, which will include all...
Letter not found: from Gustavus Scott, c.3 Sept. 1795. On 3 Sept., William Deakins, Jr., wrote GW: “The Commissioners by this days post will inform you their Situation.” On 14 Sept., GW wrote Robert Morris: “The letter herewith enclosed from Mr Scott (one of the Commissioners of the Fedl City) was met by me on my way to George Town with another from Colo. Deakins to the same effect.”
We do ourselves the honor of inclosing to you a Sketch of such description of the public appropriations, as will, we think, be sufficient to identify them in the Deed from the Trustees—It is submitted for consideration. We also inclose a plan of the proposed two buildings for the Executive Departments. One will be sufficient for the Treasury Department, and the other for the Department of...
I had the Honor of your favor of the 20th & am happy to have it now in my power to say that the potk business is at lenth placed on a footing of perfect security. The bill tho at first rejected has at length past both houses, & arrived here last Saturday. A meeting of the Known friends to the measure was that Evening called; & every vacant share subscribed: and by Men both able & willing to...
Since my Return from Annapolis, tho’ generaly in the City from 9 to 3 OClock I have not been unmindfull of the Potk Company. Two Meetings have been held to decide upon the proper Measures to obtain Aid from the States of Maryland & Virginia. The Result is that Messrs Forrest, Lear & Law proceed immediately to Annapolis to attend the Assembly of Maryland now in Session: & that some other...
The board, pursuant to your request, have had under consideration the propriety of permitting the erecting of wooden buildings in the City, & enclose you the result—should you be of opinion that the proposed suspension should take place, they have forwarded a sketch of the form which appears to them to be proper. We are happy to have it in our power to inform you, that a Letter has been...
Your favor of the 20th would have been sooner attended to, but the mails have lately come in, very irregularly, & always late at night. Mr Davidson’s will be taken up as soon as we have a full board which will be the last of this or beginning of next week—what Mr Davidson alludes to in his memorial, where he says, deviations have been made since the publication of the engraved plan, we know...
Mr Blagden waits on you for the purpose of examining your Stone Quarry. He is generaly here consider’d as the best Judge of free Stone in the City and all the Contractors for the public Works have submitted to his Opinions on the quality of the Stone deliverd. He is himself now a Contractor & has lately past Sentence against his own Stone. I am confident any Opinion he gives, you may safely...
Your Letter of the 29th Ulto did not reach the City till late on friday evening, of course, it could not receive an earlier attention—We hope with you that the Spring will be early, and exertions shall not be wanting, on our part, to forward the public buildings—Our own Ideas with respect to the mode of carrying them on, we expressed loosely, in our Letter of 31st Ulto. When we say, "we think...
Your Instructions to Messrs Beall & Gantt to convey to us all the Lands in the City of Washington, vested in them, in trust, by the original proprietors; have been duly considered, with a reference to carrying the same into effect; in which some difficulties occur—That part of the Land which is held for the use of the United States, we consider, as in a very different predicament from those...
We had the honor of your favor of the 11th Instant, with the Inclosure & shall now proceed to take a conveyance of all the property in which the United States have an interest—the State of the business laid before you by Messrs Budd & Prior was particularly stated to you on your way to Mount Vernon, last summer, & the measures to be pursued by the board were approved of by you. We now inclose...
I had not the pleasure of receiving your two favors to the Commissioners untill the tenth Inst. when they were forwarded from the City to me at this place. Notwithstanding the very sanguine Expectations of Genl Forrest; I came here rather under an Idea that every thing ought to be tried, than that there was much solid Ground to expect Success. Thus impress’d, I have communicated even to those...
We the Commissioners of the City of Washington, with the greatest respect, represent to the President of the United States, That, recurring, with much Satisfaction, to his Speech to both Houses of Congress, soon after the Commencement of the Columbian Government, in which he very earnestly recommended a particular Attention to, and a provision for, the Education of the rising Generations....
I received last Night a Manuscript Copy of the enclosed Resolution which I had no doubt wou’d pass when I left Annapolis; tho’ I did not expect the Vote wou’d be unanimous. The business respecting the 50 potk shares is in such a Train as to leave no Doubt but so many shares will either be taken up by the State, or by some Individuals through the Means of the State: whether Virginia will do any...
We are honored with your Letter of 27th Ulto, and on friday, agreeably to your expectations, we received a Letter from Mr Wolcott, informing of the failure of his negotiation with Mr Hope—The board therefore, immediately authorised Mr Scott to repair to Annapolis, and to negotiate a Loan with the Legislature of Maryland, agreeably to the terms of your act, authorising that measure—On an event...
The State of our funds will not admit of delay in disposing of some part of the Stock borrowed of the State of Maryland—Our Labourers and Mechanics will have a month’s wages due, on monday next; and, also, there will then be one quarter’s Salary due to all the Officers, who are paid by the Year—The Rules of the public Offices do not permit any transfer of Stock until the first of January,...
We had your favor of the 26th Inst. inclosing your approbation of the proposed alterations in the manner of improving in the City of Washington—We have given the necessary Instructions for their publication in the public prints of Boston, New York, Philadephia, Baltimore, City, George Town, Alexandria, Richmond and Charleston: if you think the publication ought to be more general, we shall...
I am glad to have it in my power to inform you that tho’ once lost by a majority of 8 Votes, the Maryland Delegates have at length past a Law to take 40 of the new shares directed by the Company to be subscribed. It will pass the other Branch of the Legislature I have no doubt; & probably without a division. This little success husbanded with prudence will ensure a disposition of the remaining...
We had the honor of your favor of the 15th Instant—Your Ideas respecting the Capitol are those which have been the prevailing ones with us for some time—No step has been omitted to put things in a state for advancing that building, as far as possible during the present Season; and we expect it to progress 30 additional feet, at least, by December next—You would see by our last Letters to you,...
We do ourselves the honor of inclosing, a Letter received from Mr Covachichi, one of the partners of Messrs Lynch & Sands in the late purchase from Bailey—Wishing, ardently, to preserve harmony among all City proprietors, we have paid the earliest attention to this gentleman’s Letter—A copy of our Letter to him, and an Extract from the contract of Morris & Greenleaf, alluded to, by Mr...
Our Principal surveyor Mr Freeman has applied to us to recommend him to an Appointment for laying out the Lines under the direction of General Knox. His good Conduct whilst in public Employment entitles him to our Recommendation We with pleasure give it. Mr Freeman wou’d be usefull to us in the City for some Months yet, but We cannot blame his seeking a just Occasion to advance his fortune. We...