Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from the Commissioners of the Federal District, 6 June 1792

From the Commissioners of the Federal District

George Town 6 June 1792


We hand, through Majr. Ellicott, for the Presidents view, a Draft for the Capitol by Wm. Hart of Taney Town, and an imperfect Essay of Mr. Faw. These are all we have yet received. Nothing has happened in the Course of this meeting worth communicating. We are Sir your obedt hble Servts

Th. Johnson

Dd: Stuart

Danl. Carroll

RC (DLC); in a clerk’s hand except for signatures; at foot of text: “Mr Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ as received 12 June 1792 and so recorded in SJL. FC (DNA: RG 42, DCLB).

Hart’s design for the Capitol is reproduced in Glenn Brown, History of the United States Capitol, 2 vols. (Washington, 1900–02), i, plates 7–9; although the Commissioners refer to him as William, the plan itself gives his name as Philip. The design submitted by Abraham Faw is discussed and reproduced in Kimball, Jefferson, Architect, description begins Fiske Kimball, Thomas Jefferson, Architect, Boston, 1916 description ends 156–7, plate 130. See also TJ to the Commissioners, 6 Mch. 1792, Enclosure ii.

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