1801. Paperback. (ARCHITECTURE-WASHINGTON, DC) (GALLATIN, Albert.) LETTER FROM THE SECRETARY THE TREASURY, COVERING TWO LETTERS FROM THE CITY COMMISSIONERS, WITH DOCUMENT EXHIBITING, I. RECEIPTS AND EXPENDITURES BY THEM, AND II. STATE AND PROGRESS THEIR BUSINESS AND FUNDS. (Washington: n.p., 1801) 8vo. Self wrappers, disbound. 24 pages, including t tables. [Shaw & Shoemaker, 1499]. Scarce early Washington imprint with only eight copies recorded on OCLC including New York Hist. Soc., Yale, Winterthur, University of Connecticut an University of Virginia. This early government document was published by orde of the House of Representatives of a report by the Secretary of the Treasury, Albert Gallatin (whose committee included William Thornton, the designer of t Capitol building). This report is a state of progress in the construction of the several government buildings in Washington as of December 21, 1801 - especially the Capitol, the President's House, and the other government offic buildings being overseen by the architect James Hoban who was designer and architect and builder of the President's House, later called the White House. Hoban was also the superintendent of construction of all the government buildings in the new capitol. A primary source of information on the construction of the capitol at the critical time the new government had just moved into the city the year before. President Thomas Jefferson had only mov into the President's House a short time before in its final stages of work. reports are summations by Hoban of the work done and to be completed between 18th of November 1800 up to the 18th of May 1800 with a second set dated up t the 14th of December 1801. The first part gives a tabulation of the expenditures for each building especially the Capitol and President's House which includes wages, supplies a materials used - such as window glass, ironmongery and blacksmiths, oil and paints, etc. Later expenditure reports include "Advances on account to the contractors for building the eliptical room in the south wing (Capitol) 513.2 and for the President's House "for ornamental composition work, laid on accou 160.00....for fence enclosing the house and part of square 270.00" Other buildings and improvements l (Inventory #: 39704)
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