Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to George Washington, 2 February 1793

To George Washington

Feb. 2. 93.

Th: Jefferson has the honor to inclose for the President’s notice a small pamphlet sent to Th:J. by the author, containing some ideas which may merit attention, in due time, at the Federal city.

RC (DNA: RG 59, MLR); addressed: “The President of the U.S.”; endorsed erroneously by Tobias Lear as a letter of 2 Mch. 1793, but corrected in another hand. Tr (Lb in same, SDC). Not recorded in SJL. Enclosure: [Tench Coxe], A Plan for encouraging Agriculture, and increasing the value of farms in the Midland and more Western Counties of Pennsylvania, applicable to several other Parts of that State, and to many Parts of the United States [Philadelphia, 1793], which detailed a scheme for construction of a town on the Susquehanna River and suggested that such an enterprise or similar ones on other bodies of water would increase commerce so greatly as to yield a substantial profit quickly (Sowerby, description begins E. Millicent Sowerby, comp., Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, Washington, D.C., 1952–59, 5 vols. description ends No. 3631; see also TJ to Coxe, 8 Feb. 1793).

The President sent Coxe’s pamphlet to the Commissioners of the Federal District with a letter of 3 Mch. 1793 (Fitzpatrick, Writings description begins John C. Fitzpatrick, ed., The Writings of George Washington, Washington, D.C., 1931–44, 39 vols. description ends , xxxii, 373).

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