The Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources, 1745-1799 - Vol. 33

The Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources, 1745-1799 - Vol. 33

The Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources, 1745-1799 - Vol. 33

The Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources, 1745-1799 - Vol. 33

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THE WRITINGS OF GEORGE WASHINGTON

*To JAMES HOBAN AND STEPHEN HALLET

Mount Vernon, July 1, 1793.

Gentn: I have considered in the best manner my small knowledge in Architecture, and the peculiar situation of my own Private concerns (which brought me here) will enable me to do, the observations made by Mr. Hallet on the Plan which has been exhibited by Doctr. Thornton; and on acct. of its exterior beauty, and the arrangement of the Apartments, had been adopted. But if this plan is as expensive as it is represented to be; will require such a length of time to execute, either of which would be an important objection to it), and withal so exceptionable in the true principles of Architecture and so defective in some of the ends which are proposed, it ought to be relinquished for one more practicable, more simple, less expensive, and which can be executed in the time allowed by Law.

Having made this declaration, Justice to, and respect for the abilities and character of Doctr. Thornton call upon me to add that he should, before his plan is laid aside, be informed of all the objections to, and observations on it. If he cannot obviate them I persuade myself he will have candour enough to acknowledge it, and will readily see the propriety of a change which will bring the Building within the compass of our means and time. For this purpose, it is my wish and desire that you would both, by Thursday's stage, if practicable, set out for Philadelphia with Doctr. Thornton's Plan, and Mr. Hallets last one, . . .

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