George Washington's 'dishy letter' about Pierre Charles L'Enfant comes home after auction sale
A 'dishy' letter by former US President George Washington addressed to French-born American architect Pierre Charles L'Enfant, who is known for designing the layout of the streets of Washington, D.C. is reportedly coming home, after a native Washingtonian bought the letter in Christie's auction in New York.
Albert H. Small, who is a big local real estate developer, bought the 220-year-old letter from an unnamed seller hailing from New York. So now the letter, which deals with selection of an architect for the new federal city, will now find its way back to a more geographically logical spot.
In the letter, Washington laments that L'Enfant might have been a good candidate "if he could have been restrained within proper bounds and his temper was less untoward," but also praises L'Enfant's abilities, the Washintong Post reports.
According to Christie', the letter was sold for 290,000 dollars, the report said.
But this is the just the latest in a lifelong pursuit of historical documents. Small announced last year that he is donating his extensive collection of hundreds of documents to George Washington University and the first president's letter about L'Enfant will be donated in future, the paper said.