|Washington, 21st February 1797|
We had the honor of receiving yours of the 17th Inst. by last mail—The ideas expressed in your former Letter were perfectly understood, as you will see, by our answer of yesterday. We wish a Bill to incorporate the Commissioners, may be passed by Congress—It will obviate many inconveniencies & place the property of the United–States in a more eligible situation than heretofore—We had some Idea of applying to Congress on this Subject, in the course of the Session, but the cool reception which the national university met with, discouraged us. We have the honor, &c.
DNA: RG 42--Records of the Commissioners for the District of Columbia, Letters Sent.