Washington Oct. 17–06.
I some time ago asked the favor of you to purchase a good watch for a friend of mine, & in that letter described the kind of watch he wished for. you were so kind as to say you could execute the commission more to his advantage by awaiting a new importation then expected. I will now ask the favor of you to make the purchase, and as soon as you inform me what the cost will be, I will remit it to you. I must pray you not to commit it to the jolting of the stage but to retain it till you can find some passenger who will be kind enough to bring it in his pocket. Accept my friendly salutations & respects.
MHi: Coolidge Collection.