Beautiful and highly desirable ALS signed “Go: Washington,” one page, 8 x 8.75, September 11, 1799. Letter to William Thornton Esquire. In full: “The 20th of this month when Mr. Blagden would require an advance of a thousand dollars—being near at hand—and Mr. Peter affording a good and safe opportunity to remit it, I enclose for this purpose, a check on the Bank of Alexandria to that amount. Mr. Peter informs me that his brother _______ has ironmongry of a good quality which he wants to dispose of, and would sell cheap. I pray you therefore to inform Mr. Blagden of this circumstance, request him to examine it, and if of the kind & quality he requires it to be had on good terms to supply himself therefrom and at the hand of the invoice to draw upon me for the amount, which shall be immediately paid. With great esteem and regard, I am Dear Sir Your Most Obed. ‘Serv.’” In fine, clean condition, with intersecting mailing folds, one passing through a single letter of signature, well-done professional repair to paper loss along left edge, and a uniform shade of light toning. Despite the new city’s reputation as a bad investment, local landowners convinced Washington that investing in the construction of rental housing for Congressional members could be profitable. The general provided substantial financing to fund the project and again turned to Thornton who supervised the work of George Blagden, the leading building contractor for Federal City. A well-preserved Washington letter concerning the building of Federal City. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.