Henry Massie's Memorandum for Mrs. Helen Massie in his absence to the State of Ohio — If the Horses which I got from Mr. D. F. Strother should prove (not to answer the purpose of work horses) after a fair trial of them you can return them and take back the mules. — The Lots ought to be cleaned of beans so soon as the Overseer can spare the hands to do it. and the sheep ought to be put in & frequantly changed — The corn must be planted in the course of the month of April or by the first Week in May. the 15th of April is soon as it ought to be [in the] commenced— — Immediately after the corn is planted The tobacco houses must be put up, and all leisure time, the overseer ought to be preparing to Rose them, he must get the neighbours to help him to Rose & return the Laber. Caution him not to let the Hands have too much Whiskey & to be careful [to] not to let them hurt themselves in Roseing the Tobacco [?].
Then the Tobacco plants is large enough to set out tell the overseer he must be careful to sit them out will & examin frequantly whether the worm do not cut the plants & be sure to replant on every occation untill he gets the crop to stand will and never to let the Hills get Foul.
I have measurd the Corn Crib and from my calculation it contains 1369 [Bushels?] of Corn at least. I think it contains 1400 Bushels, I think 16 3/4 cents in [?] ought to be got for the whole crip, but must leave it to you to see for what it will bring in case it is wanting — Mr. D. F. Strother ows me about 192 Dollors Mr. Richardson about 72 Dollors, a Note of John [Kinnegs?] of Portsmouth is in the hands of Mr. [?] L Thompson of 150 Dollars, the Two lost Debts. I expect will be paid shortly I wish as much of them resurved to meet my next discount which will be Due on the [2d.?] of June next. — When you go Home tell the overseer that I want him to give all the Stock a plenty of the fodder, and the sheep ought to have some corn also given them. The Hogs must be well attended to.