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Locating the United States Capital
Letter of Thomas Dwight to Rep. Theodore Sedgwick of Massachusetts
Thomas Dwight to Rep. Theodore Sedgwick of Massachusetts, September 3, 1789
(Courtesy of the Massachusetts Historical Society)


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Even before it began, the debate over the location of the capital stimulated concerned comment from constituents. In this communication, Thomas Dwight of Massachusetts regrets that the issue came up at all, because it would revive the differences between North and South. Among other interesting letters is one from David Stuart to his friend President George Washington. Stuart called on the president to veto the bill if Congress passed it, reminding him that the hopes of the people of Alexandria for a capital on the Potomac were centered on him.

Full text transcript of Mr. Dwight's letter.

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