James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Daniel Carroll, 21 October 1791

From Daniel Carroll

George Town. Octr. 21st. 1791

Dear Sir,

The last Mail carry’d you a few lines from me.1 By this you will receive the particulars of the sales.2 I hope we may be ready to proceed Much more effectually in the Spring. There were many persons present who wanted Lotts in Various parts of the City, which cou’d not be gott ready at this Time. Private sales are makg. by individuals much on the same terms with the public. Yrs. &ca

Danl. Carroll

PS. I beleive a Gentleman from Pha of the name of Ford has purchasd 50 Acrs. of Land partly in the City & on the Skirts of it for abt 80 Dollars Per acr or a little under subject to the Conditions made by other proprietors.

This Land with abt. 300 Acrs. more was bought by a number of Gentn. of a Mr. Waring3 this Summer before the laying out the City at £15 ⅌ Acre.

RC (DLC). Docketed by JM.

1Letter not found.

2Carroll referred to the first public sale of land in the federal district, 17 Oct. 1791.

3On 1 Aug. 1791 John Waring of Prince Georges County, Maryland, conditionally sold the Jamaica tract of 500 acres in the district to a syndicate headed by Philip Richard Fendall of Alexandria (Louis Dow Scisco, “A Site for the ‘Federal City’: The Original Proprietors and Their Negotiations with Washington,” Records of the Columbia Historical Society, LVII–LIX [1957–59], 146–47; Bryan, History of the National Capital, I, 135 n. 3, 146).

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