DescriptionSamuel Blodget, Jr., and Jacob Welsh Document Signed. One partly-printed page, 8" x 13", Philadelphia, February 25, 1792. In 1790, President George Washington signed a law that allowed the U.S. capital to be constructed in a ten-square-mile federal district on the banks of the Potomac River. The new "federal city" was named Washington the following year 1791. In the fall of that year, Jacob Welsh, working as an agent for Samuel Blodget, bought five lots at the first sale of land in the Federal City. By early 1792, Blodget was selling some of his recently-purchased holdings. In this "Obligation. No. 287," Blodget sells to John Dewhurst "One Lot of Land, within the City of Washington." This particular lot was part of the "Jamaica Farm, late the property of Phillip R. Fendall, containing above four hundred acres, within the City aforesaid, and is now the undivided property of the United States, for one moiety, and of said Samuel Blodget, for the other."
Blodget (a Revolutionary War veteran, Boston merchant, and architect) was one of the earliest land speculators in the new Federal City. He also submitted architectural designs for the U.S. capital to the Commissioners of the Federal City and, in 1793, was appointed Superintendent of Buildings. He later designed the First Bank of the United States building in Philadelphia. This document exhibits very minor stains. Signatures and text are clear.
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