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Saturday, 23 July, 1830

I have visited the family of Thomas Davis in Surry County today and have observed the many advantages he has over the man mentioned on the 21st and the great contrast in the results. Davis has good land, obtained by heirship, five or six Negroes acuqired the same easy way, and he, at this time, complaining of hard times, of living much involved, his crops not good, and is slowly in a retrograde motion. Now the sole cause is the want of attention and good economy. He sends his hands to work and sees whether they half work or half do that which they pretent to go over. Leaves everything to be done by these slaves. Now he does not appear to see the cause that is ruining him. Always attend to your own affairs in person and see that it is well done if you expect to prosper.