Washington 31st January 1797
We do ourselves the honor of inclosing to you a Sketch of such description of the public appropriations, as will, we think, be sufficient to identify them in the Deed from the Trustees—It is submitted for consideration.
We also inclose a plan of the proposed two buildings for the Executive Departments. One will be sufficient for the Treasury Department, and the other for the Department of State, Department of War, and general post-Office—The exterior of the two buildings, we think, ought to be alike.
It is proposed that they be built of the best stock brick, and slightly ornamented with free-Stone, to make them correspond with the President’s house; to which they will appear as wings—These buildings, though intended to be finished in the interior, in the plainest Style, will, in the opinion of the Superintendants, cost from Sixty to eighty thousand Dollars, each.
We think it will be adviseable to lay the foundation of them this season, and whenever the President’s house is so far advanced as to be covered in and placed in a State of safety, to push forward the other buildings, as they will be wanted before the removal of Congress.
We have, at lenghth, got through Messrs Morris and Nicholson’s selection, which has been a work of much time and trouble.
The selection, being now closed, we are enabled to send forward a particular account of the public property, proposed to be pledged in Holland.
We have forwarded to the Secretary of State for this purpose, a plan of the City, under cover to Messrs Willink, with all the public property particularly designated on the face of it; and have written to those gentlemen, pressing them to forward the Loan, by all the means in their power. We have the honor to be With Sentiments of perfect respect, Yr Most Obt Servants
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