Words and Deeds in American History: Selected Documents Celebrating the Manuscript Division's First 100 Years
John Adams (1735-1826), second president of the United States, wrote this 15 May 1800 letter to the heads of the various federal departments and agencies on the eve of the federal government's relocation from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to the District of Columbia. As the letter indicates, this final directive gave government officials only thirty days to be relocated and operating in their new, and often unfinished, quarters on the Potomac River. Adams was the first president to occupy the residence that came to be called the White House.
Gerard W. Gawalt, Manuscript Division
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A29 (color slide); LC-MSS-87668-1 (B&W negative)
Adams, John (1735-1826) | Federal government | Pennsylvania | Philadelphia (Pa.) | Presidents | Washington (D.C.) | White House (Washington, D.C.)