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From George Washington to Tristram Dalton, 24 April 1795

To Tristram Dalton

Mount Vernon 24th April 1795

Dear Sir,

I have been favored with your letter of the 22d instt.1 Previous to the receipt of which, I had written to a gentleman of this state, (at a distance from hence) to know if he would accept the trust of being a Commissioner of the federal city.2 No answer has yet been received from him.

Part of the district of Columbia being on the Virginia side of the Potomack, and the State having contributed towards the expence of the public buildings, gives it as equitable pretension to furnish a character therefrom—and on this principle I have proceeded. With esteem & regard I am—Dear Sir Yr Obedt Hble Servt

Go: Washington

ALS, DeWint; LB, DLC:GW. GW addressed the letter to Dalton at “George Town Potomack.”

1In his letter to GW, Dalton, originally from Massachusetts, wrote: “Having embarked the future Welfare of my family on the Prosperity of the City of Washington, and its Connections, I take the liberty of tendering to You any Services in my power that may be conducive to that End.

“Being informed that Mr Carrol is about resigning the Office of Commissioner, I beg leave to offer myself as a candidate for that place.

“Should it comport with your arrangments, and you think proper to appoint me thereto, you may rely upon a due attention to the Duties of the Station, and a strictly impartial Conduct in the business” (ALS, DNA: RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters).

2GW referred to his letter to Edward Carrington, 20 April.

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