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In this case, every Effort has been made & every Hope entertained, of preserving the Limb & restoring him to [illegible] but unfortunately, the injury to the [parts?] from the Nature of the Fracture, & the Laceration of the ankle, has produced such an unusual Degree of Enlargement & such frequent [escapes?] of [splintered?] [Bruis?] as will in one Opinion defeat every prospect of having them realized. Under the circumstances one thing only can be done, which is, the Amputation of the limb; and of which. should me recover, his ultimate value, will not in our opinion, amount to an equivalent for the expences already incured by Mr Dixon, independent of the additional expenses, trouble, & risque necefsarily attendant upon the operation. We have long known this servant, in the several [illegible] of gardener, [illegible] & carriage diver, & believe him to have been worth at the time, that he received the injury, as much as most negroes of that description W [illegible] Wm [Weatt?] [illegible] 21st Regr Geo Va [Mita?]