George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Andrew Ellicott, 20 October 1792

To Andrew Ellicott

Philadelphia Oct. 20th 1792.


The Honble Mr Cushing one of the Judges of the Supreme Court of the U. States has some thought of passing through the Federal City in the Circuit he is about to make. Should this happen, I shall be obliged to you for shewing him such parts of it as he may incline to view.1 I am Sir Your very Hble Servt

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1William Cushing, associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, was currently riding the middle circuit, which consisted of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia. On 23 Oct. he wrote John Jay from Newcastle, Del., that he intended to go “from Easton in Maryland for Kent [Island?], & thence across the Chesapeak an 8 or 9 mile ferry, to Annapolis, then to the federal city, perhaps buy a house lot there, & so onward to Richmond” (Marcus and Perry, Documentary History of the Supreme Court, description begins Maeva Marcus et al., eds. The Documentary History of the Supreme Court of the United States, 1789–1800. 8 vols. New York, 1985-2007. description ends 2:319).

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