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From George Washington to the Commissioners for the District of Columbia, 2 April 1793

To the Commissioners for the District of Columbia

George Town 2d April 1793

Gent.

I approve of the Plan of Doctr Thornton for a Capitol to be erected in the City of Washington.1

Go. Washington

LB, DNA: RG 42, Records of the Commissioners for the District of Columbia, Proceedings.

1GW received William Thornton’s partial plan of the Capitol in January, and the architect submitted his final design on 1 Mar. (GW to D.C. Commissioners, 31 Jan. [second letter], 3 Mar. [first letter], to David Stuart, 1 Feb. 1793; JPP, description begins Dorothy Twohig, ed. The Journal of the Proceedings of the President, 1793–1797. Charlottesville, Va., 1981. description ends 76). The commissioners informed Thornton of GW’s approval on 5 April (DNA: RG 42, Records of the Commissioners for the District of Columbia, Letters Sent).

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