Weeks Family Papers, Records of the Antebellum Southern Plantations, Series I, Part 6, Reel 18, Frames 507-509
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[partial transcription] ... I am truly glad to hear that you have so fine a crop. It is very necessary to all, and particularly to refugees. The taxes are coming down on us so heavily, I don't know what we will do. They made us pay a tax of [near?] six hundred dollars on the wheat we got last year for the hire of our negroes. I believe government has taken most of it, and they I believe allow us $3 a bushel, and we were taxed at the rate of [illegible amount] a bushel. Mr. W. paid it under protest and has written to Mr. [Gray?] secreatry of treasury for this Department. ... For refugees that are making nothing it [comes?] right hard. ... Mr. Weightman leaves in the morning for the Jordan Saline, in search of salt. He hauls six thousand lbs., & gets one third for hauling. If he gets back safely it will be a very good bargain. Salt is very high now, and 2000 lbs will last us a long time, but it is a long [hard?] trip to take now. It is over 100 miles from here. ...