To Walter Stewart1
[New York, August 5, 1790]
My Dear Sir
I thank you for the interest you are so obliging as to take in procuring for me a house. My wish has been to have it first ascertained what arrangement would be made, if any, by your Magistracy or other public Men, in regard to offices for the accommodation of the department. If any public buildings should be destined to that purpose, my next wish would be to have a house as near my destined office as possible. A cool situation & exposure will of course be a very material point to a New Yorker. The house must have at least six rooms. Good dining and drawing rooms are material articles. I like elbow room in a yard. As to the rent the lower the better consistently with the acquisition of a proper house. But I must leave that to what is practicable.
When Judge Wilson2 was in Town he obligingly offered to look out for me. Without adverting to your friendly undertaking I requested him to do so. I mention this that you may have the goodness to communicate with him: For two houses would be more than I shall probably have occasion for.
The manner in which you speak of Mr Smith confirms my former impressions.
I remain Yr Affect & Obed serv
ALS, New-York Historical Society, New York City.
1. Stewart had been a colonel in the Second Pennsylvania Regiment during the Revolution and at this time was a merchant in Philadelphia.
2. James Wilson was a justice of the Supreme Court.