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I get the impression from reading this that some think that the text of this letter has been heretofore unknown, which is not the case, On the web page of this list there are links to all the early volumes of the records of the Columbia Historical Society save one, volume 17, published in 1914 which has all the letters Washington wrote pertaining to the "National Capital" and it includes this letter. Here is the link to this valuable volume in Google Books: http://books.google.com/books?id=NbRArzlX8pgC&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false [starting on page 63.--Ed.] So the only thing rare about the letter is the fact that it was for sale. The interpretation of the letter strikes me as a bit off. It is not so much critical of L'Enfant, as It is gently chides the commissioners who did all they could to get rid of L'Enfant and in the 8 months since they got their wish had done very little. Indeed, as they saw it, hiring slaves to keep down the wage demands of free workers was their great accomplishment in 1792. Bob Arnebeck -- -- Matthew Gilmore H-DC list co-editor, web editor firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.h-net.org/~dclist/ [list website] http://www.h-net.org/lists/subscribe.cgi?list=H-DC [subscribe to H-DC] Remember to check http://h-net.msu.edu/cgi-bin/logbrowse.pl?trx=lm&list=H-DC for past list messages. October 18-21, 2012 - 39th Annual Conference on DC Historical Studies click: http://annualconferencedchistoricalstudies.wordpress.com for papers presented Thank you to all who made the 39th Annual Conference on D.C. Historical Studies a success!