George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Thomas Jefferson, 9 June 1792

From Thomas Jefferson

[Philadelphia] June 9. 92.

Th: Jefferson, with his respects to the President, incloses him a letter from mister Rittenhouse on the subject of procuring a house for the mint.1 mister Rittenhouse thinks the house in 7th street can be bought for 1600.£. it is probable that none can be rented under £150. and this sum would pay the interest and sink the principal of 1600£ in 15 years. the outhouses will save the necessity of new erections, and there is a horse mill, which will save the building one for the rolling mill: so that on the whole Th: J. concurs in opinion with mister Rittenhouse that it will be better to buy this house; and submits the same to the President.2 a plan of the ground & buildings is inclosed.3

Mr Rittenhouse thinks the appointment of a Chief coiner & Engraver (in one office) necessary to prepare the proper machines for coining copper. he thinks Voight perfectly equal to the duties of the coiner.4 he is no engraver himself, and it is therefore proposed that he shall consider the cost of engraving dies as a charge to be deducted from his salary of 1500. Doll. he has not been consulted on this point. he is willing to accept the appointment, & to retire from it of course on the arrival of any successor whom we shall import from abroad.5

AL, DNA: RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters; AL (letterpress copy), DLC:Jefferson Papers; LB, DNA: RG 59, George Washington’s Correspondence with His Secretaries of State; LB (photocopy), DLC:GW.

1The enclosure probably is David Rittenhouse’s letter to Jefferson of 8 June 1792, which has not been found by the editors of the Jefferson Papers description begins Julian P. Boyd et al., eds. The Papers of Thomas Jefferson. 41 vols. to date. Princeton, N.J., 1950–. description ends (see Summary Journal of Letters, DLC: Jefferson Papers).

2For GW’s agreement with Jefferson and Rittenhouse on the necessity of purchasing a house for the Mint, see GW to Jefferson, this date.

3The enclosed plan has not been identified.

4For Henry Voigt’s application for the office of chief coiner, with which he enclosed a recommendation from Rittenhouse, and his appointment to that position, see Voigt to GW, 13 April, and notes.

5Voigt served as chief coiner of the U.S. Mint from July 1792 until his death in 1814.

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