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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

AUTHOR: Pierre Charles L’Enfant (1754–1825)
QUOTATION: After much menutial search for an elligible situation, prompted I may say from a fear of being prejudiced in favour of a first opinion I could discover no one so advantageously to greet the congressional building as is that on the west end of Jenkins heights which stand as a pedestal waiting for a monument, and I am confident, were all the wood cleared from the ground no situation could stand in competition with this. some might perhaps require less labour to be rendered agreeable but after all assistance of arts none ever would be made so grand and all other would appear but of secondary nature.
ATTRIBUTION: PIERRE CHARLES L’ENFANT, letter to George Washington, June 22, 1791.—Records of the Columbia Historical Society, vol. 2, p. 35 (1899).

This letter contained a description of Capitol Hill, then called Jenkins Hill.
SUBJECTS: Capitol building, Washington, D.C.