George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Thomas Jefferson, 15 February 1792

To Thomas Jefferson

[Philadelphia] Wednesday 15th Feby 1792

Dear Sir,

Before I give any decided opinion upon the letter you have written to Majr L’Enfant—or on the alterations proposed for the engraved plan, I wish to converse with you on several matters which relate to this business. This may be, if nothing on your part renders it inconvenient, immediately after 8 Oclock to morrow—at wch hour I breakfast, and at which if agreeable to yourself I should be glad to see you.1

In the meanwhile, I send for your perusal an address from Mr Welsh, which, (though dated yesterday) is but just received.2 You will recollect the communications of Mr Walker on Saturday afternoon. from these, those of Sunday differed but little. But as he said Major L’Enfant had declin’d committing, or suffering to be committed to writing any ideas of his, for as much as he had given them to me before in a letter, I have looked these over—and send the only one I can find in which he has attempted to draw a line of demarkation between the Commissioners & himself.3 I also send you the general ideas of another person, principally on the subject of a loan, that you may, if leisure & inclination will permit give the whole a perusal before I see you.4 Yours sincerely &ca

Go: Washington

P.S. If Mr Madison can make it conven[ien]t to come with you I should be glad to see him also—In that case, it might be well to Give him a previous perusal of the enclosed papers.

ALS, DLC: Thomas Jefferson Papers.

For the background to this letter, see Pierre L’Enfant to GW, 21 Nov. 1791, editorial note.

1Following his meeting with GW on 11 Feb. 1792 Jefferson drafted a letter to L’Enfant, which has not been found (see GW to Jefferson, 11 February). At their meeting, which James Madison also might have attended, GW apparently authorized Jefferson to make changes to the “small draft” of L’Enfant’s plan for the Federal City, in preparation for Andrew Ellicott’s redrafting of the plan to facilitate its being engraved (see GW to Jefferson, 22 February).

2The address of Jacob Welsh to GW of 14 Feb. has not been found.

3This enclosure was probably L’Enfant’s letter to GW of 17 January.

4This enclosure, which has not been found, might have been a letter or memorandum from Samuel Blodget, Junior.

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