Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Alexander White, 14 April 1802

To Alexander White

Apr. 14. 1802

Th: Jefferson to mr White.

Not yet sufficiently possessed of the state of proceedings respecting the city, I am afraid of taking up an erroneous idea. I have in the inclosed draught of a resolution expressed my idea of what is wanting to be done at this time that you may see if I view it, according to the fact, & correct me if otherwise. it differs from yours principally in leaving out the part respecting making the public appropriations, which I think had better be passed over till the plan is made correct. my idea is that then we should examine what parts of that plan have been already fixed & made unalterable by the proclamations or other instruments executed by the preceding presidents, and if any thing remains unfixed, issue a proclamation or execute a deed, supplementary to the former instruments, and fixing irrevocably every thing not so fixed. I mean irrevocably except by the legislature. friendly salutations.

PrC (DLC); with enclosure pressed on same sheet at foot of text. Recorded in SJL with notation “correction of plan.”

DIFFERS FROM YOURS: see resolution enclosed in White to TJ, 13 Apr.

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