From Daniel Carroll
Decr. 26th. 1791
My dear Sir,
My last was, I beleive, on the 21st. Instt since which yrs. of the 20th Came to hand.
I do indeed regret the failure of the Represenn. Bill—& the circumstances attending it. What will be the result? If the residence Act is attackd as you say in a regular manner, or any other after what has taken place, I shall conclude there is a deep scheme for some other wicked purpose—Nil admirari &c.1 I will yet beleive no more is intended than as a threat.
We hope to see Mr. Johnson next week—& to send a Certified copy of the Act of our Assembly concerning the Territory of Columbia & City of Washington; I transmitted a rough copy to Mr Jefferson sometime past.
RC (DLC). Docketed by JM.
1. “‘Marvel at nothing’—that is perhaps the one and only thing, Numicius, that can make a man happy and keep him so,” Horace, Epistles, bk. I, epistle VI, line 1 (Horace: Satires, Epistles, and Ars Poetica [1970 reprint], p. 287).