Washington December 27th 1815
Your favour of the 22nd was duly received. It is impossible that I should describe technically the clock which we wish. It is designed to place it over the chair of the President or on the gallery in front and of course it should be of the kind you mention. The dial to be about two feet in diameter, an hour, minute and second hand, a Spread eagle on the top and the United States arms at foot. We wish it good and handsome and expect to pay accordingly. You will add to my obligations to you by requesting the artist to prepare it as soon as may be convenient, and when done to forward it with the bill to General Mountjoy Bailey our Sergeant-at-arms.
I beg the favour of your consultation with the maker as to any other particulars.
With much respect
Yr. Obedient Servt
Horace Binney, Esqr.