The engraving firm reports that the signing of the stamp contract was delayed by the absence of Mr. [George W.] Hatch, but he has returned, and the contract is enclosed with this letter. They regret that the language proposed by them [not otherwise described] was not included in the written agreement, but that they are not disposed to be difficult about it. They ask that a counterpart, signed by the postmaster general, be sent to them.
Finally, they look forward to receipt of the first order for printing the stamps.
Both copies of this contract have been lost.