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Washington, George (1732-1799) to Thomas Jefferson

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01996 Author/Creator: Washington, George (1732-1799) Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 9 June 1792 Pagination: 1 p. + addr. 20 x 24 cm

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01996 Author/Creator: Washington, George (1732-1799) Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 9 June 1792 Pagination: 1 p. + addr. 20 x 24 cm

Recommends purchasing land and building a facility rather than leasing space for the United States Mint. So that "all the applications may be brought to view," letters and engravings are "to be shewn to the Director of the Mint" and brought to Jefferson by Mr. Lear. Written as President to the Secretary of State. Lear is possibly Washington's friend Tobias Lear.

Signer of the U.S. Constitution.

Saturday June 9 - 92
Dear Sir,
I am in sentiment with you & the Director of the Mint, respecting the purchase of the Lots & Houses which are offered for sale in preference to Renting - as the latter will certainly exceed the interest of the former. -
That all the applications may be brought to view, & can indeed, for coining & c ; - Mr. Lear will lay the letters and engravings before you to be shewn to the Director of the Mint. - I have no other object or wish in doing it than to obtain the best

Y[ou]rs. & c.
Go: Washington

[address]
Mr. Jefferson

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