James Madison Papers

George Washington to Thomas Jefferson, [13 January] 1792

George Washington to Thomas Jefferson

Friday Morning [13 January 1792]

The P. begs that Mr. J—— & Mr Ma—— would give the enclosed letters from the Commrs.1 an attentive perusal, and the whole of that business a serious consideration before nine oclock tomorrow morning—at which hour the P—— would be glad to converse with them on the subject.

RC (DLC: Jefferson Papers). Addressed by Washington to “Mr Jefferson.” Docketed by Jefferson, “recd. Jan. 14.” For enclosures, see n. 1.

1The letters from the commissioners of the federal district to Washington, 7 and 9 Jan. 1792 (DLC: Washington Papers), concern the settlement of financial accounts to 1 Jan., the formation of “a scheme of the business for the ensuing year,” and disputes between the commissioners, the surveyor (Maj. Andrew Ellicott), engineer (Isaac Roberdeau), and designer of the city (Maj. Pierre Charles L’Enfant). Washington replied to the commissioners on 17 Jan. (Fitzpatrick, Writings of Washington description begins John C. Fitzpatrick, ed., The Writings of George Washington, from the Original Manuscript Sources, 1745–1799 (39 vols.; Washington, 1931–44). description ends , XXXI, 461–62).

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