Havre de Grace Octr 20th 1796
I am inform’d that you have some intention of disposing of part of your Negroes for a term of years I want to purchase about 10 or 12 boys from 13 to 15 years of age to put into a Nail Factory which I have lately established at this place should you be inclined to sell any of them I will if the price is sutable purchase that Number and will engage that they shall learn a trade wherby they may get a good living after there time of servitude expires you would greately oblige me by letting me hear from you on this subject and I will send my manager down to look at them and to fix the price. I am respectfully Dear sir your Ob. servt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.