Federal City 26th Oct. 1796
Cyrus was obliged to come on to this place, in order to take the horses back, which Mr Frestal & Mr La Fayette rode, which is the cause of his delay.
Mrs Washington desires me to in form you that there was some Butter left in the Cellar, and some Beef in a Tub which (after supplying James) may be applied to any uses you think proper.
Let my Study be cleaned out, & the Room afterwards locked up. Do not miss the opportunity of getting our Baggage, & James, round by the first Vessel to Philada—taking a Bill of Lading for the several parcels, and sending it in a letter, that we may know when we get them All.
When your family quit the house they are now in, and you remove to the Mansion, let Sinah & the other girl join the Mansion house people & Mrs Washington may, afterwards, chuse either for a Washer woman.
Have the Earth removed from the stone quarry where I shewed you—that Mr Blagden may be able to examine it when he calls there.
Let all the Saddles and Bridles that I have left at home be cleaned & locked up—or they will be hacked about, injured, & perhaps lost.
The Mules for my Carriage—the two Colts from the Chariot Mares—& the one from the Augusta Mare must be well kept and attended to, till I come home. I shall write you more fully as soon as I get to Philadelphia in the mean while I remain your friend &ca