Philada 7. Decem: 1796..
Taking into consideration the critical situation of the funds of the Commissioners, I have, though with much reluctance, written a letter to the Governor of Maryland (agreeably to the request of the Commissioners&) to be laid before the assembly of that State: The letter is enclosed herewith .—left unsealed for your perusal; after which you will please to seal & deliver, or have it delivered to the Governor. I am Sir, Yr obt Servt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.