GW at Philadelphia. GW wrote to Thomas Jefferson about encouraging the Commissioners for the District of Columbia to investigate the potential for canal navigation in the planned federal city. GW wrote David Stuart, one of these commissioners, discussing the past troubles with Pierre L’Enfant, who had been asked to leave his position of designing the federal city. He also discussed progress made on establishing the federal city and Pa.’s proposal to build a presidential house in Philadelphia.
Alexander Hamilton sent GW a draft of a letter in response to a 3 March letter from Jean-Baptiste Ternant, minister plenipotentiary of France. Ternant had asked for money to relieve issues on St. Domingo related to a slave uprising.