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Letter to James Newton from James Black

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La Porte March 15th 1840

Mr. Newton

Sir I have received yours of 22th ult informing me that you have administerd [administered] on Nathaniel Blacks Estate. I must confess that I was astonished knowing as I doe [do] that the greteer [greater] parte [part] of it lais [lies] in Indiana and on that part I shall attend to my self according to law. You also inform me that the Legatees there wants to sell a Negro girl, that the said Nathaniel Black had a intrust [interest] in, to that I would say that if it is thare [their] wish that she should be sold, and thare [there] is no better way of settleing [settling] the Estate. Why sell her and my intrust [interest] in said Negro pay to them for me, and the same answer will apply to the Land, and I wish you to pay over to the Legatees all the Money or moneyes [monies] that has or may come in to your hands belonging to me and that thare [their] receipt will be yours for the same