Washington 11th November 1796
We were duly favored with your letter of the 7th Inst. that the inaccuracy of our Clerk and our own inattention should have occasioned so much trouble to the Executive, excites sensations scarcely to be expressed. The Words per annum noted by you are not contained in the original Draft of the letter to Messr Willink, from which, the letter itself, and the copy inclosed with it, for your perusal, were taken; we think it is probable the letter may be right, if you will take the trouble to open it, and find it so, it may be sent on; but, lest the same error may have crept into it, we have written another Letter to those gentlemen, varying the expression respecting incidental charges, so as to leave no doubt of our meaning, & which, we think better than the first in its original form.
The Statement of the proprietors of the hotel in this City, was not enclosed, with your Letter. We are, &c.
DNA: RG 42—Records for the Commissioners of the District of Columbia, Miscellany Letters of the Presidents.