Fort Dillard, Gates County, NC Mar the 27
Dear Car, I take the pleasure in writing you a few lines to let you know that I am well. Hoping when those few lines comes to hand, you may be enjoying the same. You must write and send me the particulars about what Martin told Hicks. Am not satisfied about that attale (at all) and I would be verry glad for him to let my business alone. I would like to come home to see who started such a story. All the consolation I have, time will prove everything to all. Write on the snake bite position. I can, if necessary, send a surtificate to show that I never have bin snakebitten. You need not be the least uneasy about snake bites because you have not got any snakebites about you. The one that started lyen me will repent it after death if not before. If any white man started it, he had better valenteer before I get home and if a negro started it, his master had better sell if I come home in good health. I will come
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