From Edmund Pendleton
Virginia, July 21, 1790.
… I am happy to find that Potowmac stands on so good grounds as the Permanent seat of Congress. I could not help wishing that the temporary Residence had remain’d at New York, as a recompense for their expence in y’r Accommodation; to save the expence & trouble of a double removal of the Public Offices, and from a conviction, that Philadelphia is in bad order for y’r reception, & must incur a considerable expence to be in order, besides I doubt from former experiences, whether those Citizens may not more intermeddle with the Fœderal proceedings, than they have at York.…
Printed extract (Stan. V. Henkels Catalogue No. 694 ). In this letter Pendleton also posed queries concerning the peace treaty with Great Britain (JM to Pendleton, 2 Jan. 1791). The list probably kept by Peter Force (DLC: Madison Miscellany) notes that the letter consisted of two pages and calendars it as follows: “The Potomac as a future seat of Government. British debts. The Treaty provisions on the subject. Treaty obligations superior to laws.”