The page for Wednesday, May 1st says:
Think of being aroused at 5:20 A.M. by the most intelligent negro on the property - "Asking your pardon, Sir, but I forgot nails last night." I gave Russell keys to office - tell him to look on left side of my desk, and in there he will find keys to store house. Well, he returns in 20 minutes - Can't find them sir. I go over with him show him where they are to be found. Well, Sir, I only obeys orders and looks on the right side, such as you told me - this is a sample of how dependent the black man is upon the White folks - there was 4 drawers to be opened and looked into. But as he understood me to say right side that was the only side he paid attention too. No drawers on that side of desk either. Worked all day on laborers balances so far, ledgers 7 & 8 show Company as owing them near 12,500 Sucres. G.G. Stapleton was up to Huesito Falls, Angostura Dam. Well pleased - good job. Russell a very valuable man to the Company. River is too high for canoes to leave Playa de Oro with provisions. 3 of them down there. No mail - 2 inches rain past 24 hours.
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Questions and comments:
- G.G. Stapleton has to be Gerald.