From Thomas Jefferson
[Philadelphia] Wednesday morning [1 February 1792].
Mr Ellicot having sent the inclosed letter from Roberdeau for the perusal of Th: Jefferson, he thinks the 1st page & 2 or 3. lines of the 2d worth reading by the President. the rest contains communications of small news. he has learnt that Majr Lenfant, after his conversation with Th: J. wrote to Roberdeau to continue 50. hands; which shews he means to continue himself.1
Is the President’s letter for mister Pinkney ready? Th: J. has sent a duplicate & triplicate to New York to go to Charleston by different vessels, there being several advertised there for that port. he reserves the first copy to go by post.2
AL, DNA: RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters; LB, DLC:GW.
For the background to this letter, see Pierre L’Enfant to GW, 21 Nov. 1791, editorial note.
1. The enclosed letter from Isaac Roberdeau to Andrew Ellicott has not been identified. For the controversy over the employment of workers in the Federal City during the winter months, see the Commissioners for the District of Columbia to GW, 9 and 10 Jan. 1792. For Thomas Jefferson’s meeting with L’Enfant in mid-January, see GW to Jefferson, 15 January.