Extract from the Diary of John Quincy Adams
|May 4th 1785|
Mr Jefferson, spoke concerning Virginia, a State, which he knows very particularly as it is his native Country. The blacks, he tells me, are very well treated there; and increase in population, more in proportion, than the whites. before the War, he says the negroes, were to the whites, in the proportion of 3 to 4. now they are as 10 to 11. which is a very material difference he supposes about 500,000 souls in the State ... he is a man of great Judgment.