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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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will serve me at Bleak House.

We went to see Jenny Lind last night. She sings exquisitely!!! Nothing that I have every heard approaches it. She has power brilliant execution sweetness, fulness and richness that cannot be surpassed. She is a lovely [illegible] creature with blue eyes light hair and a fine figure. But oh! such awkwardness! She comes upon the stage with a sort of Indian trot and continues as if she were stiff both in the knee and hip joints. Otherwise she is a remarkably fine and pleasing [illegible] woman. The theatre was crowded. Tickets from 25$ to 5$

[middle portion] Ours cost 7$ a piece and I had to stand up all night at that. My wife joins me in kind regards to yourself and love to Mrs. W. Very sincerely yours Wm Wirt

Dear Bettie thanks Mrs Washington for her kind letter which she will answer very soon.

Please write me to whose hands I have better leave my notes for collection in the event of my not having it in my power to be present on the 1st of January