Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Uriah Forrest, 19 October 1791

From Uriah Forrest

Geo Town 19 Oct 1791

Dear Sir

The enclosed list of the sale of Lots, will give you all the information to be had, respecting the Proceedings since you left here—Only that the Commissioners have discontinued the sale. I beleive all, except the four Lots noted, are really sold. Mr. Gilchrist I beleive had no intention of buying when he came. I am not well acquainted with him. He is the Agent of some English Houses, though not very strong ones. Mr. Cabot bought for a Mr. Walker of this place, except one Lot. Pearce will buy to-morrow or the next day, if he can agree with the Commissioners at private sale thirty or forty Lots.—I wish very much, that the Commissioners, and the others, who have superintendance in this business, may Harmonize, but I very much fear it will not be sufficiently the case to prevent inconvenience, venience, if not injury. I write in great haste lest the Office should be shut.—I am dear Sir With all Consideration & Respect, Your very obliged & Obedt hble Sert.,

Uriah Forrest

RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 24 Oct. 1791 and so recorded in SJL.

Forrest’s enclosed list of the first sale of lots in the Federal District, which had begun on 17 Oct. 1791, has not been found. Forrest, William Pearce, and George Walker were all substantial landowners in George-town, Md., the first two of whom had agreed several months before to cede the property they owned there for the use of the Federal District (Agreement of Forrest, Pearce and others, 30 Mch. 1791, Columbia Historical Society, Records, xxv-xxxvi [1935], 44–6). Francis Cabot, who had recently settled in Georgetown, was the brother of Massachusetts Senator George Cabot.

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