Washington Dec: 3. 1807.
Having no other friend in Philadelphia capable of executing my watch-commissions, I am obliged, to trouble you too often with them. I wish to get a gold watch for my grand daughter: not a mere bauble; but one just decently ornamental, but the works of which should be substantially good. a gentleman now in the house with me has a most elegant one, apparently a good one, for which he paid in Paris only 10. Louis or 45. D. if purchased here I suppose it would have cost the double, and I should be quite contented to get such a one for the double. if you can find one within that limit which you can recommend, I will thank you to take it for me; and in recieving information of the cost, it shall be immediately remitted to you. I mentioned this to mr Briggs, by whom I sent you my striking watch for repair, & he has probably mentioned it to you. I salute you with great esteem.