Office of the Commissioners of the Public Buildings Washington
March 25. 1816
We lately forwarded to you executed in duplicate a Contract with the Bank of Washington for an additional loan of twenty seven thousand five hundred dollars, and now inclose a similar contract executed in the same manner for another sum of thirty seven thousand five hundred dollars with the Union Bank of Georgetown--which contracts when they shall receive the approbation of the President of the U. States will complete the loan authorised by the Act of Congress for repairing or rebuilding the public buildings in the City of Washington. We remain with very great consideration, Sir, yr most obt Servants
John P. Van Ness
Richard Bland Lee
DLC: Papers of James Madison.