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From George Washington to John Mackall Gantt, 2 March 1797

To Thomas Beall of George & John M. Gantt 2 March 1797

You are hereby requested to convey all the streets in the City of Washington as they are laid out and delineated in the plan of the said City hereto annexed; and also the several squares, parcels and Lots of ground following to wit.

First—The public appropriation beginning at the intersection of the South side of North H street and at the west side of a street of ninety feet in width drawn parallel to the west side of square numbered two hundred and twenty one, and running due south with the west side of said street until it intersects the south side of an East and West street drawn parrallel to the south front of said square numbered two hundred and twenty one being ninety feet wide; then East with the south side of said street until it intersects the west side of fifteenth street west; then south with the west side of fifteenth street west until it intersects the north side of Canal street, thence westerly with the north side of Canal street until it intersects the East side of seventeenth street west, thence north with the East side of seventeenth street west until it intersects the south side of an East and west street of ninety feet wide from the south side of square numbered One hundred and sixty seven, thence East with the south side of said street until it intersects the East side of a north and south street of ninety feet wide from the East side of square numbered One hundred and sixty seven aforesaid thence north with the East side of said street until it intersects the south side of north H Street, thence East with the South side of said Street to the Beginning.

Second—The public appropriation beginning at the intersection of the north side of an East and west street of ninety feet wide from the north front of square numbered six hundred and eighty eight and the west side of first street east, thence west along the north side of said street until it intersects the west side of a north and south street drawn at the distance of ninety feet from the west front of square numbered six hundred and eighty eight, thence south with the west side of said street until it intersects the north side of South B street; thence west with the north side of south B street until it intersects the East side of first street west, thence north with the East side of first street west until it intersects the north side of Maryland Avenue, thence south westerly with the north side of Maryland Avenue until it intersects the north side of south B s, thence west with the north side of south B Street until it intersects the East side of fifteenth street west, thence north with the East side of fifteenth street west until it intersects the south side of Canal street drawn at the distance of eighty feet on the south side of said Canal—thence East with the South side of said street until it intersects the south side of Pennsylvania Avenue, thence with the south side of Pennsylvania Avenue until it intersects the East side of first street west, thence north with the East side of first street west until it intersects the South side of north B street, thence East with the south side of north B street until it intersects the west side of a north and south street of ninety feet wide drawn parallel to the west front of square numbered six hundred and Eighty seven, thence south with the west side of Said street until it intersects the south side of an East & west street ninety feet wide from the South front of Square numbered Six hundred and Eighty Seven, thence East with the south side of said street until it intersects the west side of first street East, thence south with the west side of said street to the Beginning.

Third. The public Appropriation beginning at the intersection of the south side of Canal street drawn on the south side of the Canal, and the west side of fifteenth street west, thence south with the west side of fifteenth street west until it intersects the Potomack river, thence north westerly until it intersects the Canal thence Easterly with the Canal to the Beginning.

Fourth—The Public appropriation bounded on the north by the south side of North E street, on the East by the west side of twenty third street west, On the West by the East side of twenty fifth street west, and on the south by the Potomak river.

Fifth. The public Appropriation bounded on the north by south F street, On the East by Canal street, on the south by the Eastern branch, or Annacostia river, and on the west by the Potomak River.

Sixth. The public appropriation bounded on the north by North B street, on the west by twenty first street west, On the East by twentieth street west, and on the South by Potomak river.

Seventh. The public Appropriation beginning at the intersection of the north side of Canal street, and the East side of ninth street west, thence north to the south side of an Avenue drawn in front of square numbered three hundred and eighty two, thence north Easterly with the south side of said Avenue until it intersects the south side of Pennsylvania Avenue, thence with the south side of said Avenue until it intersects the west side of seventh street west, thence with the west side of said street until intersects Canal street, thence west with the north side of Canal street to the Beginning.

Eighth. The public Appropriation beginning at the intersection of the East side of ninth street west, and the north side of an East and west street of One hundred feet wide from the north fronts of squares numbered four hundred and six & four hundred & thirty, thence north with the East side of said ninth street until it intersects the south side of an East & west street of ninety feet wide from the south fronts of squares numbered four hundred and five, and four hundred and twenty nine, thence East with the south side of said street until it intersects the west side of seventh street west, thence south with the west side of said seventh street until intersects the north side of the East and west street first mentioned, thence west with the north side of said street to the Beginning.

Ninth. The Appropriation Beginning at the intersection of the East side of fifth street west, and the south side of North G street thence East with the south side of said G street until it intersects the west side of fourth street west thence south with the west side of fourth street west until it intersects the north side of an Avenue, thence westerly parallel with the north fronts of squares numbered five hundred and thirty three, and four hundred and ninety until it intersects the east side of fifth street west leaving the street equally wide, thence with the East side of fifth street west to the beginning.

Tenth. The appropriation beginning at the intersection of the East side of four and a half street west and south side of north C street, thence East with the south side of said C street until it intersects the west side of third street west, thence south with the west side of the said third street west until it intersects the north side of North B street, thence west until it intersects the north side of Pennsylvania Avenue, thence with the north side of said Avenue until it intersects the East side of four and a half street west thence north with the East side of four and a half street west to the Beginning.

Eleventh. The Appropriation beginning at the intersection of the East side of third street west, and south side of north C street thence East with the south side of said C street until it intersects the west side of second street west thence south with the west side of second street west until it intersects the north side of north B street thence west with the north side of north B street until it intersects the East side of third street west, thence north with the East side of said street to the Beginning.

Twelfth. The Appropriation bounded on the north by B street north, on the south west by Pennsylvania Avenue, on the East by second street west and on the West by third street west.

Thirteenth—The Appropriation bounded on the north by the south side of south B street, On the west by the East side of nineteenth street East, on the south by the north side of South G street, and on the East by the Eastern branch or Annakostia river.

Fourteenth—The Appropriation bounded on the west by the East side of seventh street east, on the north west by the South side of Georgia Avenue, on the north by the South side of M street south, On the East by the west side of ninth street East, and on the south by the Eastern branch or Annakostia river.

Fifteenth. The public Appropriation bounded on the north by South K street, on the south by South L. street, on the East by sixth street East, and on the west by fifth street East.

Sixteenth—The public Appropriation bounded on the north by K street south, On the South by L street south on the west by sixth street East, and on the East by an Alley of sixty feet wide bounding square numbered Eight hundred and eighty One.

Seventeenth—The Appropriation beginning at the intersection of the west side of first street East & the south side of south E street, thence south with the west side of said first street East until it intersects the south side of an East and west street one hundred feet in width from the south front of square numbered seven hundred and thirty six—thence East with the south side of said street until it intersects the west side of third street East, thence south with the west side of third street East until it intersects the north side of an East and West street One hundred feet in width from the north front of square numbered seven hundred and thirty seven, thence west with the north side of said street until it intersects the west side of a north and south street ninety feet in width from the west front of square numbered Seven hundred and thirty Seven, thence south with the west side of said street until it intersects the north side of Canal street, thence with the north side of said Canal street until it intersects the south side of south E street thence East with the south side of said street to the beginning, as the same are also laid out and delineated in the said plan to Gustavus Scott William Thornton and Alexander White Commissioners appointed under the Act of Congress entitled "An Act for establishing the temporary and permanent seat of the Government of the United States"—To Hold to the said Gustavus Scott William Thornton and Alexander White and their successors in Office as Commissioners aforesaid to the use of the United States forever according to the tenor of the Act of Congress aforesaid—Given under my Hand and the Seal of the United states this second day of March in the year One thousand seven hundred and ninety seven.

signed Go. Washington

By the President

Timothy Pickering

secretary of State


DLC: Papers of George Washington.

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