Phila Dec 23 1856
Capt Wm Maynadier
My dear Captain,
I send by express today two boxes containing each a set of saddles & horse equipments, directed to Col Craig, also an official letter to the Colonel in relation to them. As I there state, they were made, under my direction by Messrs Lacey & Phillips, the well known saddlers of this city; to speak moderately, this firm are at least as good saddlers as any in the world, use the best possible material, & the best workmanship, they have also a reputation to support which is a more guarantee for the nature of this work they perform. These gentlemen have bestowed a great deal of time & labor upon these saddles, & are entitled to all the credit of carrying out in an ingenious & workmanlike manner the general ideas that I have from time to time given them; had my own crude notions been carried out by almost any other people the result would have been far different, & much less satisfactory.
If the model submitted is approved I would urgently recommend that the sets for trial be made by this firms, partly as a sensible compensation for the time they have taken, but principally because I am certain that the work will be better done, & of a better material than is likely to be obtained from other sources – they have now the models & forms for all the parts, & can therefore readily supply whatever my be needed.
I could not feel at all satisfied to have the equipment tried except when made in the best manner – which is usually the most economical.
I have suggested to Mr Phillips the propriety of his going to Washington, that you may confer with him more satifactorly [sic] as to any changes that may be deemed necessary, as to prices, quantity of work & e.
I will [ ] him a letter to you
I am re very respectfully
your abt svt
Geo B McClellan
Capt 1st Cavalry
Sources/Notes: Library of Congress, George Brinton McClellan Papers: Correspondence II, 1823-1898; 1856, Sept. 28-1857, Feb. 14, Image 30
 Capt. William Murray Maynadier, Ordnance Dept, who was one of Chief of Ordnance Craig’s ‘right hand men’ in managing ordnance affairs.