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To George Washington from Charles Lee, 7 December 1796

7th decr 1796

The attorney General will observe the only objection which has occurred to him against the President’s putting his signature to a letter such as the foregoing is that it is not usual for the President to correspond but by the channel of certain officers and the commissioners are the proper persons on common occasions which concern the city. But as this letter is not addressed to an individual, but to the sovereign power of a state, the objection may be disregarded if the President shall think it expedient, to write upon the subject.

Charles Lee


DLC: Papers of George Washington.

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