Avery Family Papers, Records of the Antebellum Southern Plantations, Series J, Part 5, Reel 11, Frames 725-727
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There is no doubt most of our things in the way of furnature are in B Rouge, among the negroes and other rascles. [Blunt?] was here the day after you left, wishing to hire himself to you on the plantation, he said it was a very pretty place & he should like to live there. He is on a boat, running to Louisville, & wished you to leave a letter with Mr. [Burnecage?] to let him know if you would take him, and on what terms. He says Mr. Doherty's molatto woman or women & [Delarhoderie's?] occupied the house with the yankees and they carried off many of our things, & are living in B. Rouge now. I think you said Mr. Duncan had our silver pitcher, which please get as it is much required at home ...
Should you have an opportunity of seeing Dave I wish you would employ him at once, to go home with us as cook, as we are greatly in need of one. Ask Aunty's family, or Fanny who may know of someone as also for a good seemstress, that can be well recommended, either black or white. We must have servants in our household to depend upon. Tis a miserable life to have to plod along with such little stupid children as we have. We can barely git along in the summer, but when the winter comes, the inconvenience & exposure is too great. ...