Washington, 5th December 1796.
We have the honour of your Letter of the first Instant; the plan of the City also, came safe to hand. It is with extreme regret that we intrude on your time, which, we are sensible, is devoted, particularly at this crisis, to the consideration of more important objects; but the importunity of applicants, renders it indispensably requisite—Mr Covachichi is gone to Annapolis, when he returns, we shall inform him of your sentiments respecting the Site of the University—Mr Scott is gone to Annapolis, & Mr White purposes, shortly, to set out for Virginia, and to remain there, till after New–Year. We are, with sentiments of the highest respect, &c.,
DNA: RG 42—Records for the Commissioners of the District of Columbia, Miscellany Letters of the Presidents.