April 15 1800 Philadelphia
my Dear Sister
I received a few lines from you yesterday, in replie to mr Bates queries. I would have the Room above finishd off the Same Size with the lower Room, the North Clossets to remain in the Room and Chamber, the Stairs to be one flight, a portico with a flat Top which I would have leaded, and a Similar one built over the front door of the House, the two trees cut down, but I do not wish to have the window to open to the floor, because the window in the other entry does not, and cannot easily be made to, and I wish to preserve as much uniformity in appearence as possible the fence in front will be made to conform with the other, the Side fence I would not have at present removed; I wish to have the length & Breadth of the Hearths as soon as may be intending to get Marble cut for them as well as for the Sides and front of the chimney without. I would have a chimny made in the upper Chamber or Garret, windows to the North as well as South & 2 upon the Side of the chimny if they can be admitted, and the chamber made as convenient & handsome as it will admit
I hope workman will be employd so as to get along as fast as possible. I Shall have many a Schooling for the Sound of the hammer &c and for not having the buisness finished Sooner than I fear it will be accomplishd. the painting in the old part I hope will be done directly.
mrs Porter must have help. if zuby chuses to Stay & mrs Tufts to keep her, I certainly will not Say a word. Mrs Porter must look out & get other help. Mrs Johnson desires to be rememberd. I must Send this Directly to the post or miss it
I am very well & sleep Soundly—when I am not vexed