Milledgeville, 1st Feb 1855
Z. B. Oakes, Esq.
What are the following described Negroes selling at in Charleston at this time, Good young men from 18 to 25. “Girls 14 years old", “16”, “boys weighing 80 pound are there many in market. I want Negroes that will do for the field but would not object to city [illegible] if strong and healthy. Is the market declining or advancing. Please have the kindness to let me hear from you by return mail.
Times are tight here. Money is worth 20 per cent per annum and scarce at that.