Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from George Washington, 11 July 1792

From George Washington

July 11t: 1792.

The President of the U.S. informs the Secretary of State that he has retained one of the proof Sheets of the federal City, and returns the others with the letter from Mr. Blodget, which the President thinks had better be sent to the Commissioners by the mail, which will certainly reach G. Town on Monday.

The President’s Cavalry are in such order that he cannot say with any precision when he shall reach that place; he however, wishes the Secretary to mention to the Commissioners that he sat out this afternoon; but being incumbered with lame and sick horses it is uncertain when he will be at George-Town.

The President observes that the soundings of the River and Branch are not noted either in this or the other proof sheet, which he thinks would be very satisfactory and advantageous to have done.

RC (DLC); entirely in Tobias Lear’s hand; endorsed by TJ as received 11 July 1792. Recorded in SJPL.

Washington’s letter was a reply to a brief, undated note from TJ transmitting a letter by which the President “will perceive that Mr. Blodget has deposited with the two Boston banks 10,000 Doll. subject to the draught of the Commissioners. Also two proof sheets of the city received from Boston” (RC in DNA: RG 59, MLR, endorsed by Tobias Lear; Tr in Lb in same, SDC). The letter was Samuel Blodget to TJ, 25 June 1792, with its enclosed proof sheets of the engraving of the federal city.

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