Dear Mr. Coulter,
I am today sending down a high cheſt which is altogether too large for my preſent needs. I would you remove the cheſt from the handſome legs and work a new top in Walnutree with a nice edge onto the legs that it can be henceforward uſed as a dreſsing table.
The cheſt is to be put to good uſe with pretty brakt feet, of like wood, in the style of the Mohoganie cheſt newly arrived from London. Will to work the feet nicely with a proper mould and seamleſs corners in the ſame faſhion and Poliſh it all well.
Thomas Coulter had been the estate’s head carpenter for twenty two years, but sadly, was a less accomplished reader.