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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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I will write to Harvey to hire such hands as are left after you have made your selection and after to Jim for advice in the matter. If Wilson shoulder desire to retain Edmund and and [illegible] & ought I presume to gratify him as both of them have wives on his place. Still I would prefer than you should be satisfied before any one else. We were much relieved to learn that from [illegible] little Bob's accident have no proved more serious. What a providential escape. I simply hope that will not be much of a scar. He is so young than he will out grow the worst of it. Give my love to him and tell him that I was proud to hear that he behaved so much like a man on the occasion. Harvey writes to me that he has sent for Mr. [illegible] who I presume is now upon the place. I should like to instal him in his place but my wife will never be [illegible] to living in [illegible] if I leave here so soon after we are fixed there, so you see what a hen-picked fellow I am - allowing my feelings to get the better of my judgment. And my wife to get the better of both. I am sorry to learn that our corn crops have turned out so badly. Harvey writes me that I shall make up [then?] 900 barrels and I fear that I have not made much more then