Philadelphia Jany 23, ’19.
Sometime in the beginning of winter, a young gentleman, Mr. Trist, I believe, brought me a telescope which he said you had sent to be repaired. He also informed me that you had sent me a letter, but that he had lost it, inadvertantly, at Washington, with his portmanteau & would forward it from N. york where he expected it would be sent. I have not yet, however, received it. The telescope was immediately put into the hands of Mr. Davenport to be repaired, & after repeated calls & solicitations, he this day informed me that all the eye-glasses for celestial observations are missing, & cannot be supplied here—He can however fit it up for land-observations, at a small expense—not exceeding $10—You will please, Sir, to signify whether you will have it thus repaired—& in what manner to have it forwarded when completed—
MHi: Coolidge Collection.