To William Thornton
Mount Vernon Decr 20th 1798
Enclosed is a check on the Bank of Alexandria for five hundred Dollars, to enable Mr Blagden, by your draughts, to proceed in laying in Materials for carrying on my buildings in the Federal City.1
I saw a building in Philadelphia of about the same front & elevation that are to be given to my two houses, which pleased me. It consisted also of two houses united, Doors in the centre—a pediment in the roof and dormar window on each side of it in front—skylights in the rear.
If this is not incongruous with rules of architecture, I should be glad to have my two houses executed in this style. Let me request the favor of you to know from Mr Blagden what additional cost will be.2 I am—Dear Sir Your Most Obedt Hble Servt
ALS, ViMtvL; ADfS, DLC:GW; LB, DLC:GW. GW wrote on the cover: “Favored by Mr [Thomas] Law Esqr.”
1. For GW’s “buildings in the Federal City,” see GW to the District of Columbia Commissioners, 28 Sept., n.2, and 27 Oct., nn.2 and 3. A Day Book entry for 20 Dec. reads: “By a Check on the Bank of Alexa. in favor of Doctr Willm Thornton—to be applied towards the building my Houses in the City of Washington by Mr George Blagden—[$]500.”