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Excerpt from A Private Letter to the Individual Members of Congress: On the Subject of the Public Buildings of the United States at WashingtonI have therefore ventured to step so far out of the usual course, as to address to you this letter, inMoreExcerpt from A Private Letter to the Individual Members of Congress: On the Subject of the Public Buildings of the United States at WashingtonI have therefore ventured to step so far out of the usual course, as to address to you this letter, in which, - offering to you my respect individually as a member of the National Legislature - I may, in a style and to an extent of which an official communication would not admit, enter into more minute explanations, and lay before you, not only the facts relative to the public buildings, but my reasonings and opinions upon them.It is not necessary to be very intimately acquainted with the means of erecting large public buildings, to have observed that many difficulties must here necessarily impede their progress, some of which arise from the manner in which the appropriations have been made, the rest, from the present state of this city. The first and greatest of these has been the uncertainty of the continuance of the work beyond the year, for which an appropriation is actually made, - the effects of the former management of the public works, and the local circumstances of the city and its neighborhood cause the remainder.The funds originally assigned for the erection of the public buildings were to arise from the sale of the public property in the city.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.