|Dear Sir||Friday Morng February 1797|
I was yesterday morning walking about in search of ornament Carvers whose work costs two Dollars Diem—It occurred to me that I had best enclose this Lre to You as the followg words to the Commrs may save perhaps 10,000 Ds. "You will order Jno. Hadfeild to avoid all superfluous & useless ornaments’—pardon this in trusion which I make as short as possible. With unfeigned esteem respect & affection
DLC: Papers of George Washington.