George Washington Papers

From George Washington to the Commissioners for the District of Columbia, 24 April 1795

To the Commissioners for the District of Columbia

Mount Vernon 24th Aprl 1795


Your letter of the 20th, with its enclosures, came duly to hand.

The dispute between the Commissioners and Mr Johnson having got into a course of legal adjudication, it is unnecessary for me to express any sentiment thereon.1 I regret that it could not be settled without, because good rarely flow[s] from disputes—evil often.

I expect to be in Georgetown on my return to Philadelphia on Monday next2—but at what hour I am unable, at this moment, to fix. With esteem I am, Gentlemen, Your Obedt Hble Servant

Go: Washington

ALS, DLC: U.S. Commissioners of the City of Washington records, 1791–1869; LB, DLC:GW.

1For the D.C. commissioners’ dispute with Thomas Johnson, see their letter to GW dated 20 April.

2The following Monday was 27 April. In a letter of 24 April to Daniel Carroll, GW similarly conveyed his intent to arrive at Georgetown the next Monday “Unless prevented by bad weather” or an “unforeseen” event. The president anticipated leaving Mount Vernon “at as early an hour as I conveniently can” (ALS, presumably in private hands; auctioned by Swann Galleries, New York, c.2000, as item 142).

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