Address from the Inhabitants

"Address from the Inhabitants of the District of Columbia," November 25, 1800

National Archives and Records Administration, Records of the U.S. House of Representative

When congressmen arrived in Washington, DC, they found half-finished public buildings, muddy streets, crowded lodgings, hogs rooting among rubbish heaps, and few of the conveniences they were accustomed to in Philadelphia. Shortly after their arrival, Congress received this "address" from Washington’s citizens congratulating it on its move and apologizing for the primitive conditions in the city.