Washington 3rd December 1796
We are honored with your Letter of 27th Ulto, and on friday, agreeably to your expectations, we received a Letter from Mr Wolcott, informing of the failure of his negotiation with Mr Hope—The board therefore, immediately authorised Mr Scott to repair to Annapolis, and to negotiate a Loan with the Legislature of Maryland, agreeably to the terms of your act, authorising that measure—On an event So momentous; we conceive nothing ought to be omitted, which may tend to secure a favorable issue—With that impression on our minds, we, with great deference, submit the propriety of your addressing the Assembly, on the Subject—We are of opinion, and we find it is the opinion of the best friends of the City, that it would have a decided effect, if your interposition is judged expedient, the earlier the communication of your sentiments is received, by the Legislature, the better, as the Session will soon be drawing to a close.
We think it of so much consequence, as to induce us to send this Letter by express, to Baltimore; that a post may be thereby gained—We are with Sentiments &c.
P.S. Doctor Thornton had rode to his farm, before it occurred to the board to address the President on the subject of the above Letter.
DNA: RG 42—Records for the Commissioners of the District of Columbia, Miscellany Letters of the Presidents.