George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Thomas Johnson, 8 August 1791

To Thomas Johnson

Philadelphia August 8th 1791

Dear Sir,

It appearing to me proper that the Commissioners should be apprised of the pretensions—signified in the enclosed letter—I send it to them accordingly, that such prudent use may be made of the information as to them shall seem fit.1

I have not given, nor shall I give any answer—at least for the present—to the writer of it; and no person is knowing to my having received such a letter. I am—Dear Sir, Yr Most Obedt Servt

Go: Washington

ALS, DLC: Presidential MSS, General; LB, DLC:GW; LB, DNA: RG 42, Records of the Commissioners for the District of Columbia, Letters Sent.

1The enclosure was Robert Douglas’s letter to GW of 15 April asserting ownership of a fifty-acre tract in the federal district. Johnson replied to GW on 13 August.

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