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Letter, 1850, of Dr. William Wirt, of "Bleak Hall," Westmoreland County, Va., to Lawrence Washington, of "Oak Grove," Westmoreland County, Va., concerning the hiring out of several African-American slaves.

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Baltimore 12th Decr. 1850 Receivers 12th Decr. 1850 of Sam Washington the sum of 70$ for the hire of Ross for the year 1850 Wm Wirt Baltimore 12th Decr. 1850 My dear Sir, Your letter enclosing check for the hire of servant Ross for 1850 was duly received. The amount of hire was 70$ as you supposed and I am much obliged to you for your promptness in paying. There was no note given for the hire as you may remember so that the above receipt is all that is necessary. I have intended to have suggested to you that you might place the amount as a credit on the back of the note which you hold of mine, and until still desire it if the payment is not perfectly convenient. It is not exactly equitable to allow you to pay me 70$ when I owe you upwards of 200$ Please remember that my dividend coming to me from the schooner Intelligence must be placed as credit upon the back of my note for the coming year In regard to the hire of servants, please bear