Washington Dec. 15. 06
I am informed that for want of the mill irons which Stewart should have made, mr Walker has been obliged to quit working on the great mill, & to proceed with the small one it is too important to my interest as well as to the faith of my engagements to mr Shoemaker, to have the delivery of the mill to him suspended for this defect. I wish you therefore to exert yourself to have the irons done immediately by Stewart, & that he never quits them till the whole are done but if he cannot be got to do them as fast as mr Walker wants them, then it will be necessary to get them done elsewhere; either in some other shop, or by hiring a smith to do them in ours, as you shall find best. it is certainly more to my interest that Stewart should do them because he will do them better then any other, and this will cost me nothing but the iron, as he is heavily in my debt: but if he will not work, we must not let the mill be detained. I have written to him on this subject. accept my best wishes.
MHi: Coolidge Collection.