George Washington to Commissioners of the Federal District, 1 December 1791

Gentlemen

I recieve with real mortification the account of the demolition of Mr. Carrol's house by Majr. L'Enfant, against his consent, and without authority from yourselves, or any other person: for you have done me but justice in asserting he had no such authority from me. My letter of the 28th. ult. to Mr. Carrol of Duddington will prove this. I now inclose you one1 to Majr. L'Enfant, in which you will see what I say to him on this subject, and will then be so good as to deliver it to him.—You are as sensible as I am, of his value to us. But this has it's limits, and there is a point beyond which he might be overvalued. If he is saved from the notice of the law on the present occasion, I would chuse he should owe it entirely to yourselves, and that he be made sensible that there will be no interference from me on his behalf.2


PrC of Dft (DLC); entirely in TJ's hand.


  1. In the text of the letter sent, Washington added “the copy of” before this word.
  2. Washington added: “The enclosed for Mr. Carrol, of Duddington you may either deliver or destroy as it shall seem best to you. With very great esteem &c.”