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From George Washington to George Gilpin, 16 October 1785

To George Gilpin

Mount Vernon Octr 16th 85.

Dear Sir,

I think your proposition is a very good one—If any question should come before the Board on wch you have not already given your opinion, it may as well be decided at the Falls as elsewhere; your going thither therefore, in the first instance, will certainly expedite the business which occasions (at least in part) the meeting. Indeed it wd seem now (for I do not recollect the cause which induced it) that the meeting at George Town, first, as we are to proceed to the Great Falls afterwards and the Maryland Gentlemen are, in a manner, to pass by them, and then to return to them, is altogether nugatory; for the business of the meeting might as well have been done wholly at that place as partly at both.1 I am Dear Sir Yr Most Obedt Servt

Go: Washington

ALS, PHi: Gilpin Correspondence.

1As had been agreed upon, the directors of the Potowmack Company met the next day at Georgetown, Md., “Where, having all assembled, we proceeded towards the Great Falls. . . . Colo. Gilpin—I should have said before—had proceeded on to prepare the way for levelling &ca. at that place, in the morning” (Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 4:207).

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