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Homeland Cottage Spotsya. Co. Va. Jany. 7th ‘49

Dear Wm. not having heard for more than a month from you or any of our friends at the South - I have concluded to write I saw your brother Henry a few days since & all were as well as usual, no chills & fevers in the family, as were. in the early part of summer- he says you wish to purchase Tom, Nancy’s husband - he can’t be sold, he & seven others were bequeathed to my mother during her life & to her children, after that time, to be equally divided & I cant see how we could make sale of him - besides, he when I consulted him the other days [sic], was unwilling to go - Elizabeth is very desirous to buy Dilsy Thomas’ girl, and she & Eliza her mother are willing to the arrangement if it can be made, in truth she treats her children so cruelly that Mary and Dilsy both manifest no objection to a separation - we would take her at appraised value & int. on that sum till paid - George the negro man belonging to the Estate has returned home with his foot badly cut with an axe while engaged cutting cord wood at night in the neighbourhood of the Rail Road he was hired at work on his own account I learn, - he wishes to be hired & to go to the same place - please write, after consulting with Thos. & Chas what you all disire [desire] shall be done with him. Mr. Schooler says it is best to hire him as he will bring 80 or 90 dollars per annum &