3 March 1797
I have neglected till this Moment to inclose the letter of Mr Smith respecting the plank which you wanted.
He is a very honest worthy Man, and as far as my recollection serves me, the prices are such as is usual for choice plank.
The freight will be no more than what is customary. From the Industry and attention of this person, I think you may rely that his endeavours will not be wanting upon this or any other future occasion to serve you to the best of his ability. I am Sir with Sentiments of respect & Esteem yr obt Sert
DLC: Papers of George Washington.