6th February 1797
My dear Sir
I now beg leave to inform you that I will give One Thousand Dollars for your Horses on the Delivery of them, provided I understood you clearly on Saturday Evening—that they are only Ten & Eleven Years old—that they are perfectly sound—well broke, and gentle—will drive with a Postillion or in Hand as may be most convenient; for tho they are not for my own Use, yet it is most probable that I shall sometimes ride with them, as they are for my Nephew Mr T. Francis. You well know I do not wish to commit you; and if Mr Adams will pay the Value of them I will most readily yield all Claim to a preference on such a Subject. With Truth & Affection I am Dear Sir Your unalterable Friend
DLC: Papers of George Washington.