Washington May 22. 07.
The inclosed letter, which I have left open for your perusal, will sufficiently explain it’s object, and the favor I ask respecting it. I do not know the Christian name of the person to whom it is addressed, nor with certainty his residence. but he is brother to the mr Clarke who superintends the manufactory of arms at Richmond. I must ask the favor of you to send me 500. bushels of coal, by the first vessel which will take it in. as the balance of the money for my tobacco will be paiable in a few days I must ask the favor of you after deducting any balance due you, to send me what remains in US. bank bills if possible, or a good draught (at sight) on Philada. if not to be had, perhaps I may get Richmond bills exchanged here.
A pair of mill stones, 4 f. 3 I. diam. of between 2500. & 3000. ℔. weight will be shipped for me at Alexandria the ensuing week, which, when recieved I will pray you to send up by water by the first opportunity to be obtained, as we have work waiting for them, & the river may fall & disappoint us. the carrier must be referred to mr Higginbotham for freight in this as in all other cases. Accept affectionate salutations
MHi: Coolidge Collection.