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8985. WASHINGTON (City), Foundation of.—[further continued].

I like your removal to New York, and hope Congress will continue
there, and never execute the idea of building
their Federal town. Before it could be finished,
a change in members of Congress, or the admission
of new States, would remove them
somewhere else. It is evident that when a
sufficient number of the Western States come
in, they will remove it to Georgetown. In the
meantime, it is our interest that it should re
main where it is, and give no new pretensions
to any other place.—
To James Monroe. Washington ed. i, 347. Ford ed., iv, 52.
(P. 1785)