Benjamin Henry Latrobe to Dolley Madison
Baltimore May 7h. 1809.
I am here & expected to have been tomorrow in Washington. It is however necessary, I find that I should see Mr Finlay,1 who is making the Chairs & Sofas for your Drawing room in his Shop, & therefore I shall stay tomorrow & arrive in the city on Tuesday. Your Chariot is in great forwardness, & will be one of the handsomest things Philadelphia has produced. The Coachee has its last Coat of paint on, & the Cypher very elegantly managed. I have attended closely to this business & think you will not be disappointed. I am with high respect Yr. obedient humble Servt.
B Henry Latrobe.
RC (NN). Docketed by Dolley Madison.
1. John and Hugh Finlay, Baltimore furniture makers, built chairs to Latrobe’s design and other furnishings for the oval drawing room (Hunt-Jones, Dolley and the “Great Little Madison,” p. 38).