Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Tobias Lear, 15 January 1793

From Tobias Lear

15 Jany 1793.

As the Secretary of State may be about to write to the Commissioners respecting the additions of the City to be marked in the survey of the federal territory, the President sends him the enclosed which he has just recieved from Mr. Forrest, that he may see more particularly the situation of matters between Mr. Ellicott and the Commissioners.

RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 15 Jan. 1793. Enclosures: (1) Uriah Forrest to Washington, Georgetown, 10 Jan. 1793, informing that Andrew Ellicott has determined to attack the Commissioners of the Federal District in the newspapers and given notice of his intention to resign as surveyor of the Federal District in May 1793, recounting his efforts to resolve the acrimonious dispute between Ellicott and the Commissioners, enclosing a copy of an answer from Ellicott, and expressing the hope that an accommodation between the disputants can be reached to avoid impeding progress on the city, which “has infinitely more to dread from the discord and want of union in its friends than from all the power of its Enemies” (RC in DNA: RG 59, MLR). (2) Andrew Ellicott to [Forrest], n.d., defending himself against the criticisms of the Commissioners, refusing to reconsider his decision to resign as surveyor in May 1793, but promising to delay until then his public criticism of the Commissioners (Tr in same). See also Washington, Journal description begins Dorothy Twohig, ed., The Journal of the Proceedings of the President, 1793–1797, Charlottesville, 1981 description ends , 20, 21; and TJ to Ellicott, 15 Jan. 1793, and note.

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