To Leven Powell
Mount Vernon 2d Novr 1799
I am informed that you have in use, a cutting box upon a New Construction; which, in execution, far exceeds the common kind; and is also simple in its works. If this be the case, and you entirely approve of the Machine, I would thank you for procuring (as soon as may be) one of the best sort; and causing it to be forwarded to Colo. Gilpin in Alexandria, for me.
The cost, & charges, shall be paid to your order, so soon as it is presented to Dear Sir Your Most Obedt Hble Serv.
ALS, ViMtvL; ALS (letterpress copy), NN: Washington Papers.