Washington Mar. 24. 1806.
Your letter of the 7th. was not recieved here till the 11th. & I had the day before sent off your monthly remittance of 100. D. I cannot therefore make up the sum you desired till the next remittance which will leave this place this day fortnight. you shall then recieve 200. D.
I communicated your proposition of a new machine for cleaning wheat to a very intelligent miller in this neighborhood long in that business, and who thinks of leasing my mill when ready. he thinks he knows the machine, which has been tried many years ago, & is laid aside, as not equal to the rolling screen. as my mill is to be rented, it is better I should adhere to common forms, as new ones might deter a tenant from taking the mill, if they happened not to strike his fancy. I have therefore sent for 30. yards of woven wire, to a person at Baltimore supposed to be the best manufacturer of that article known. the 6. feet millstones will, I expect, be ready to leave Alexandria early in April. Accept my best wishes.
MHi: Coolidge Collection.