Washington Feb. 27. 09.
Your’s of the 24th. is recieved, and I will send a bunch of good bell wire by the waggon. I would wish the Piazza to be plaistered as soon as the weather will permit. it is not to be white washed. I have given directions through mr Bacon to mr Watkins as to the manner of finishing the stone house now building, to wit, with a roof hipped every way, so that there will be no pediment. he was not however to begin this till he had got every thing for the garden. I expect to be with you soon after the middle of March; in the mean time Accept my best wishes.
MHi: Coolidge Collection.