|Sir||Woodville 15th December 1796|
Mrs White remained three weeks in Washington without coming to a determination respecting her future residence; the business of the City pressing I did not accompany her home. And altho’ I expected to be informed of the result of her reflections by letter after her arrival at her own House, she declined giving an opinion till we should meet again—Last thursday I arrived at this place, and found her mind so strongly bent against a removal, that my resignation must be the consequence, unless my personal attendance may be considered as sufficient My Court business is so far disposed of and I shall make such Arrangements with respect to my property, that I have no doubt of being able to perform my full share of the duties of the office, if under existing circumstances, the residence of my Family ought to be dispensed with. I shall chearfully acquiesce in whatever you may determine in that respect, and shall ever retain a grateful sense of the honor done me in appointing me a Commissioner of the Federal Buildings, and by the terms in which you have more than once expressed your wishes for my continuance in that office.
My Colleagues were of opinion, that my presence in the City would not be necessary till about the 10th of January—I shall remain at home till near that time unless I should be particularly called upon—I presume it will be proper for me to continue in Office till a Successor is appointed or at least fixed on so as to succeed immediately in my resignation—but an early intimation of your decision on the principal point will oblige me, as my domestic Arrangements will be regulated accordingly.
It is with extreme regret that I intrude one moment on that time which is so fully engrossed by objects more important—I am with Sentiments of the highest Respect Sir Your most Obt Servt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.