My Dearest Friend
What you will say, or think, I know not at the Wages I am obliged to give. They are not higher than Mr. Black and others are obliged to give, for I was determind not to be deceived by report, and made inquiry of him myself. Bass and Savile give the same which is no less than 14 dollors pr Month. Things can never go on at this rate. I hired a man on the 15 for one Month. He did not incline to engage further untill he had tried his place, and I was easy, for such wages must command help. He is from Plimton and lived two Years with Judge Sever of Kingston. As to Copland I know not yet whether he will remain, nor do I care, only that perfect Strangers render it difficult for me, as I can not mount on Horse back as You can and direct. The Stone Wall you wrote about and which you left in Charge to Dr. Tufts, he cannot get done for 2 dollors pr Rod. Billings who is with Captain Beals is to come to me in three weeks and will build the wall himself. I think I had better hire him for one, two or three Months, as he is so good a hand at such buisness and get it done in that way.
Your Brother came to inform me that Mr. Jonathan Marsh had the care of the Land belonging to the Heirs of Hayden who own the Land you improve, and that they are of Age and offer it at seven pounds pr acre 13 acres they say.
I am much better.
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