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would not sell for more than $450 if that sum - you speak of sending for the negroes (I learn from Henry) I should like you to let me know about the time you think you will send, as it is necessary to my arrangement for another Crop - I should miss Charles [a] lot more than either, as they are getting large enough to be worth something, Jerry is a very valuable boy, tho’ he is rather too small at this time, to plough and do other work upon a plantation - If I am informed in time as above mentioned it will be no serious inconvenience to me - I am anxious to own Dilsy as she nurses little Charles and we would miss her more than any of them, be sure to see Thos. about her - public work & the Iron mines &c, have raised the hire of negroes more than 20 per cent in this country this year. We are all as well as we generally are, though Elizabeth complains sometimes, her health has been delicate for some time past -. Give my love to all and write soon - Tell Bolivar he must not forget to write as often as he can his mother can’t account for his recent failure to do so - I have requested Wm Bowie to write him as he desired me in one [of] his letters - I hope he (Bolivar) is not sick to prevent his writing - You intimate a probability of your coming in the Spring we will be very glad if you will & bring your wife also - I can recollect nothing more that would be of the best interest to you, I must therefore conclude, wishing you health & prosperity - Jno W. McCalley