Thomas Jefferson Manuscript Letter Signed "Th: Jefferson" as Secretary of State, one page, 7.5" x 9.5", New York, July 19, 1790. To the Governor of Georgia (George Walton), fellow Signer of the Declaration of Independence. In full, "I have the honor to send you herein enclosed two copies duly authenticated of the Act for establishing the temporary and permanent Seat of the Government of the United States; Also of the Act further to provide for the payment of the Invalid pensioners of the United States". From the Senate Journal of July 13, 1790: "The Joint Committee on Enrolled Bills, reported, that they did, on the 12th of July, lay before the President of the United States for his approbation, the enrolled bill, entitled 'An act for establishing the temporary and permanent seat of the government of the United States;' and the enrolled bill, entitled 'An act further to provide for the payment of the invalid pensioners of the United States.'" On January 24, 1791, President Washington wrote the U.S. Senate that he had, "by a proclamation hearing date this day directed commissioners, appointed in pursuance of the act, to survey and limit a part of the territory of ten miles square, on both sides of the river Potomac, so as to comprehend Georgetown, in Maryland, and extend to the Eastern Branch." The territory eventually agreed upon became the city of Washington, District of Columbia. Lightly rippled in center and browned at edges. Fine condition. Ex. Henry E. Luhrs Collection.

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