George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Samuel Powel, 25 July 1787

From Samuel Powel

[Philadelphia] Wednesday 25 July 1787

Dear Sir

I have just seen the Coach-painter, whose prices are as follows

chariot Ground that is painting the Body £ 5.   
Solid Gilding that is the whole Moulding 5. 5.
Full do that is in all the Hollows 3.15.
Half do that is only round the 2.10.
Pannels
Ornaments that is Arms &c. 3.   
Painting the Carriage 2.10.
Gilding the Springs 2.10.

At the above prices, the Chariot Body is to be painted in Varnish, the Surface polished & reduced to a perfect Smoothness—In this Case no Varnish is put on after the painting is perfected. There is another Mode of doing the Work, which is by painting first & varnishing after the painting is perfected, which looks very well but is not equally durable. This last Mode lessens the Expence £2.10.

The Painter informs me that it will take from four to five Weeks, according to the Weather, to perfect his Work. I have not made any Sort of Contract or mentioned any Name to him but, simply, demanded Price & Time. The Coachmaker is from Home so that I do not yet know the Price of Lining, but ⟨sh⟩all know it to Day. I am, with great Respect Dear Sir, Your most obedt humble Servt

Samuel Powel

The price for lining is £3 exclusive of the Cloth & Lace. A tolerable Cloth may be had, as the Coachmaker tells me, for 32/ per Yard—It will take about Five Yards—Lace from 15d. to 2/ per Yard—about 20 Yards of Lace—One Week will be required for lining a Chariot.1

ALS, ViMtvL.

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