GW at Philadelphia. GW sent Thomas Jefferson an unidentified enclosure, which concerned the loan to fund construction in the federal city drawn up by Philadelphia merchant Samuel Blodget, Jr.
Secretary of War Henry Knox wrote GW concerning the constitutionality of a controversial act passed by Congress that would proportionally increase the size of the House of Representatives. Knox began by saying that he did not feel qualified to give an opinion, not having a background in law. He nevertheless found the bill equitable, and thus opposed a presidential veto for the bill.