Washington Feb. 9. 06.
Your favor of Dec. 30. came to hand on the 3d. of Jan. but it was not till within these three days that I recieved the two samples of wine from mr Jarvis. I conclude to take one of the pipes. tho there was no mark on the two vials to refer each to it’s proper pipe, yet this can be done by the colour of the wine. the one is a pale yellow. the other is pale also, but has a slight reddish tinge sufficiently distinguishable to the eye. this latter is the one I prefer & ask the favor of you to have sent round by the first vessel bound to this place or vicinity. so soon as you will be good enough to let me know the amount of duty & other expences they shall be remitted to you. Accept my friendly salutations & assurances of esteem & respect.
MHi: Coolidge Collection.