Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Tobias Lear, 11 January 1793

From Tobias Lear

Friday January 11th: 1793

T. Lear is ordered by the President of the U.S. to transmit to the Secretary of State a letter and its enclosures, together with a draft of the Survey of the federal District, which he has received from the Commissioners.

The President requests that the Secretary will take this matter into consideration and report to the President his opinion whether it should be laid before Congress or not.

Tobias Lear
Secretary to the President
of the United States

RC (DLC); inadvertently endorsed by TJ as received 8 Jan. 1793. FC (Lb in DNA: RG 59, SDC); undated. Enclosure: Commissioners of the Federal District to George Washington, 5 Jan. 1793, enclosing several lists of squares in the Federal District in various stages of division, copies of letters from Andrew Ellicott, and Ellicott’s survey of the Federal District with accompanying certificates; indicating that Ellicott may be leaving their service and voicing concern over his temper in dealings with them; informing that the accounts of expenses for the surveys of the District and the City would soon be prepared in the expectation that Congress will defray them; detailing various expenses associated with the proprietors’ claims and the President’s house; announcing their appointment of Samuel Blodget, Jr., as superintendent; and advising in a postscript that Ellicott’s survey would be delivered separately by Joseph Wailes of Massachusetts (FC in DNA: RG 42, DCLB). Concerning Ellicott’s survey, see TJ to the Commissioners, 15 Jan. 1793, and note.

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