Office of the Commissioners of Public Buildings
Washington 8th Feby 1816
Give us leave to inform you that the War office is finished according to Contract, and ready for Occupation, excepting a few inconsiderable particulars which are delayed by the want of some arrangement among the Heads of Departments as to their respective locations. They have before been apprized of this State of the Building, but probably pressing engagements have prevented them from attending to the Subject. You will be so obliging, Sir, as to instruct us to whom we shall direct the Keys of the Building to be delivered, on behalf of the Government. We are with high Consideration and respect, Sir, Your Obt. Servts.
John P. Van Ness
Richard Bland Lee
DNA: RG 59—LSMA—Letters Sent by the Secretary of War Relating to Military Affairs.