From George Hadfield
City of Washington Decr 24th, 1801
I have received a letter from my Sister Cosway wherein she desires me to deliver the enclosed—
I have at the same time recieved some papers which I sent for in consequence of hearing from Capt. Tingey, some months ago, that plans of English Dock Yards would be of use in the public works of that nature in this City.—I immedeately wrote to England on the subject, and have in consequence received plans of all the principal Dock Yards there, it appears by letters that they were procured with much difficulty and some hazard—I have the honor to leave them for your perusal, and hope they will be thought useful—
I am Sir, with all respect Yr. Obt. Servant
RC (DLC); at foot of text: “The President of the United States”; endorsed by TJ as received 24 Dec. and so recorded in SJL. Enclosures: Maria Cosway to TJ, 20 July 1801. Other enclosures not found.
The six major English dock yards were Deptford, Portsmouth, Woolwich, Chatham, Plymouth, and Harwich, which was replaced by Sheerness (Philip MacDougall, Royal Dockyards [North Pomfret, Vt., 1982], 7–9).
Public works of that nature in this city: see Thomas Tingey to TJ, 28 June 1802.