New York Octo. 9th. 1806
Your letter of the 9th ultimo I had the honour to recieve in due course, and agreeably to your request I opened the box, which contained a machine, it was valued at 20 dollars, upon which sum the duty has been calculated.
No opportunity has offered until this day, when I have sent it (box G No. 4) by Capt. Harbel in the Sloop Astrea bound to Georgetown to the care of Mr. Gallatin—Capt Harbel has promised to deliver it with several articles he has in charge for that Gentleman—at foot is the amount I have advanced—
I am, very sincerely, and truly yours,
MHi: Coolidge Collection.