Washington Octr 1st 1796.
After writing the inclosed I heard it suggested that if the Square now contemplated for a Hospital should not be divided into Lots it might not be improper to recommend it for an University—In this Case it would be necessary to point out another Seite for a Hospital, but I do not hesitate to say there is no place equal to this for that purpose in the whole City. It will also be admitted I hope on mature Consideration that the Seite already recommended for a National University is so much superior to the other that there can be no hesitation in fixing it, especially as the Library & Museum would be objects of gratification to the more refined Members of Society, who would inhabit, most probably, the portion of the City remote from Trade. I am sir &c.
DLC: William Thornton Papers.