Shepherdstown Proposed As National Capital

Potowmac Guardian and Berkeley Advertiser
July 11, 1791

Georgetown, July 2.

On Monday last, being the appointed day, The PRESIDENT of the UNITED STATES arrived in this town; and on Wednesday put the finishing hand to the location of the Federal City. Misunderstandings had prevailed, after his departure in March last, on his Southern Tour, respecting the extent of the lines; and fears were entertained, that he might be thwarted in some part of his designs, and not be able to obtain a cession of country equal to the great national object in view: But the moment he appeared, all difficulties vanished - The proprietors of the lands between this p lace and the Eastern Branch, resigning all narrow considerations, cheerfully entered into the necessary business of making the proper conveyances; which being completed to the utmost wishes of the President, he then submitted to the inspection of the proprietors, and a large number of gentlemen attending, the plan of the city, which had for several weeks occupied the time and talents of Col. L'Enfant, assisted by the Baron de Grass, and which, with some small alterations, he had determined to adopt.

By this plan, and the President's explanations, it appears that the buildings for the Legislature are to be placed on Jenkins's Hill, on the land of Danie Carrol, Esq; of Duddington, about two miles from Rock-Creek, and about one and a quarter from the Eastern Branch; and that the houses of the President, and for the great Departments of State, are to be situated on the rising ground adjoining Hamburg, within one mile of George-Town, and about one and a quarter from the houses of legislation - An arrangement which afforded the most general approbation, satisfying each interested individual, that his particular interest was as much consulted as a due attention to public conveniences and the public interest, which was the primary object, would any way warrant.

On Thursday the President, with his suit, set off from this town for the Seat of Government. He goes by the way of Frederick-Town, in this state, and through York and Lancaster, in Pennsylvania.

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