Philadelphia April 17th 1800
my dear sir
I wrote to you not long since to inquire respecting Shares in the Cannals. I have not received any replie, but I am Authorized to requst you to lay out as much of the inclosed Bill of  ds in Shares or Stock as you do not want to accomplish the building now in hand, repair the House in which mr Clark lives, and to pay mr Porter his years wages. I have also written to you respecting oats 200 bushels if to be had we wish to procure; it is now thought that Congress will rise by the middle of May, they having deferd the judiciary Bill untill the next session. we shall be at Home in three weeks after the rising of Congress. mrs Cranch wrote me that the building was to be raised upon the 9th. I am very desirious to have the painting done in the old part as soon as possible. the smell of it is very hurtfull to me, and I wish to have the kitchin Chamber new painted the entry and every part which requires it. my own Chamber & the keeping parlour will do an other year; it will not be very convenient to have the whole House up in Arms as they say, when we return, for which reason, the sooner that buisness is done the better. Mrs Porter will want help you will be so good as to tell her, that she must get it. I will not clame [zubys] promise to me, as I find both you and mrs Tufts are desirious of keeping her—we have fine weather here. the Trees are all in Bloom, and the grass & grain look very fine mr Brisler says that clover seed is 12 dollers pr Hundred weight—.you will be so good sir as to inform me by the first post of the Receipt of this Letter and the inclosure—
with my best wishes for / Your Health & happiness I am dear sir affectionatly your
MHi: Anna E. Roth Papers.