WASHINGTON D.C. Gazette of the United States. New York: John Fenno, July 17, 1790. No 132.
Lot 112
WASHINGTON D.C.
Gazette of the United States. New York: John Fenno, July 17, 1790. No 132.
US$ 1,500 - 2,500
£1,100 - 1,900

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WASHINGTON D.C.
Gazette of the United States. New York: John Fenno, July 17, 1790. No 132. Bifolium (400 x 251 mm). Even toning, leaves separating; excellent.

NEXT-DAY PRINTING OF THE RESIDENCE ACT, PROBABLE FIRST. The Residence Act appears in full on page 3 under a large U.S. Seal and titled, "An Act to establish the temporary and permanent seat of the government of the United States." The future site of the federal government was selected based on a compromise whereby Alexander Hamilton gained the New York State votes necessary to choose this southerly site in exchange for Madison and Jefferson's support for his Assumption Bill. The other contender was a site on the Susquehanna (now Columbia, PA). The Residence Act further gave George Washington the authority to choose the exact site along the Potomac and to appoint commissioners to oversee the construction of Federal buildings.

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  • SELECTING A SITE ON THE POTOMAC AS THE UNITED STATES CAPITAL
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