Poplar Forest 1st July 19.
Your letter of June 21. I recd last Evening. I sorry indeed that you have losses, there as well as here, we have had no deaths since but a good many sick and complaining, they charge Hercules with Poisoning and the cause of all deaths here for the last 12 months, he certainly has been intirmate with a Negroe Doct and have got physic from him the People have kept it concealed from me till the other day as soon as I was inform of it. I had them both taken before Mr Clay. the Evidence in his opinion was strong enough to send them to jail but I am satified he has done a great deal of mischief, and ought to be hung. more of this when you come up, which I hope will be as soon as possible, for I am in daily expectation of mischief among them. we shall begin to cut the wheat which the has left us in the morning, and will the best I can without assistance, tho’ we shall not have as many cutters by 5 including the 2 you sent us, as last Harvest Capt Martin has compleated the first bill of timber, but will not be able for want of water to any thing with other this season, the little remaining Tobo I have not sold, I heard nothing from White, but expect he wants his money, and will be glad of so soon, these hard times—
MHi: Coolidge Collection.