George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Daniel Carroll, 13 September 1795

From Daniel Carroll

Sepr 13th 1795


The observations herewith, respecting the City of Washington, shou’d have been handed to you sooner,1 but I found myself so much oppress’d by my nervous complaints during the hot season; that I had little Spirit, or ability to enter on the Subject—What you now have, were put together under those circumstances, in the state they are—I shall delay no further forwarding them, not so much from an opinion of their consequence, as from the desire I have, of manifesting on all occasions, my inclination to comply with what appears to me, to be agreable to your wishes.

I have venturd to State my opinion on several matters, supported by some reasons tho’ not so full as might be—I shall risk another opinion, viz., that there is a material fault in the Law for fixing the Seat of Government, I mean by having 3 instead of one Commissioner.2

Permit, Sir, to assure you, that I am with Sentiments of the greatest respect, & sincere wishes for your health, & happiness, Your Most obt Hble Servt

Danl Carroll


1Carroll referred to his observations dated 15 Aug., which he enclosed with this letter.

2Carroll was referring to section 2 of “An Act for establishing the temporary and permanent seat of the Government of the United States,” 16 July 1790 (1 Stat. description begins Richard Peters, ed. The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America, from the Organization of the Government in 1789, to March 3, 1845 . . .. 8 vols. Boston, 1845-67. description ends 130).

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