Washington Jan. 19. 06.
I recieved last night only your favor of Dec. 26. and percieving by the delay it has incurred that there is some inexactitude in the conveyance by post between us, I think it safest not to commit the money for you to this letter, but to lodge it with mr Lewis Deblois a merchant of Alexandria, with which place I presume you must have daily relations. I am perfectly disposed to make you the allowance, beyond that of the law, which is thought reasonable, having no means of judging myself. I collect from your letter that about 15. D. in addition to the legal charges therein mentioned will be equal to what is at any time given: I therefore inclose 35. Dollars to mr Deblois and an order on him for that sum. Accept my salutations & thanks for your attentions in this business.
MHi: Coolidge Collection.