James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Daniel Carroll, 12 December 1791

From Daniel Carroll

George Town Decr. 12th. 1791

My dear Sir,

I send by this post the act of our Assembly past last Saturday entiteld [sic] an Act Concerning the Territory of Columbia—and the City of Washington.1 I refer you to it. The very great advantages of this Law will be strikeing. It gives some relief to my mind which has indeed been much oppressd by the disagreable business we have lately had on hand. I am sorry for the Chagrin which it must have given the President, at a time too when the Intelligence from the Westward had just come to hand.

I shall in my next mention some to whom Mr. Frenau is to send the National Gazett—& hope for something worth while soon.

Surely the Senate cannot expect yr. House will recede in the Bill on representation. What about Land Office, Post Roads & Militia. Yrs. affy.

D Carroll

I hope by next post to say more to you.

RC (DLC). Docketed by JM.

1The Maryland House of Delegates passed this bill on Friday, 9 Dec., and sent it to the Senate the following day. The engrossed bill passed both houses on 19 Dec. The Residence Act of 1790 authorized Maryland to legislate for that part of the federal district created from the state until Congress made provision for a district government in 1801 (Votes and Proceedings of the House of Delegates of the State of Maryland, November Session, 1791 [7 Nov. 1791–6 Apr. 1792] [Annapolis, 1792; Evans description begins Charles Evans, ed., American Bibliography … 1639 … 1820 (12 vols.; Chicago, 1903–34). Roger P. Bristol, ed., Supplement to Charles Evans’ American Bibliography (Charlottesville, Va., 1970). description ends 24505], pp. 80–81, 99; Bryan, History of the National Capital, I, 169–71).

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