From Ferdinando Fairfax
Alex[andri]a 2d March 98
Want of leisure has prevented my making full inquiry, as to the number of Mares that may be engaged to a Jack standing at Shan[no]n hill; but as far as I have enquired, I am not encouraged to calculate on as many as wou’d allow me to engage any considerable sum to you on a certainty.1 Perhaps fifty may be had at 15 Dols. a price which is considered by the Farmers to be too high, but less than which, I think, ought not to be taken.
Therefore, Sir, I decline taking one of You [r] Jacks, unless I cou’d be able to purchase him. Perhaps you may have one for Sale by next Season, when too, I may be better able to buy. With every Sentiment of Respect I am, Dear Sir, Your obedt servt
1. Ferdinando Fairfax (1769–1820) lived at Shannon Hill on the Shenandoah River between Key’s and Snickers’ ferries.