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[A 80 ENCL.] State of North Carolina Davidson County Lexington December 12^th 1867 Major General O O Howard Commissioner of Freedmens Bureau Washington [[Cittis?]] D.C. We the undersigned Freedmen of Lexington and vacinity, having learned with much regret that our [[underline]] protector [[/underline]] Col W F Henderson has been releaved from his duty as Beaureau Officer. And feeling that we will certainly [[strikethrough]] have to suffer under such circumstances. being in the midst of enemies to our race we do hereby petition for his reinstatement as Beaureau Officer and without it we feel that we are [[lost?]] knowing that he has been a good and efficient officer. [[Column 1]] F A Owens Andrew Gilchrist [[Ian?]] [[Allerns?]] John Hargrave Henry Hargrave July Hargrave Andy Hargrave Antony Hargrave [[Caswell?]] [[obscured by paper strip]] [[vertical in Column 1]] [[the ends of all names are obscured by a paper strip]] Isac Olsen Nesey Heuv Resej Heau Charles Shaf George Sey [[Column 2, separated from Col. 1 by a vertical line]] Amos Owens Washington Hargrave Wilson Hargrave Albert Hargrave Foster Hargrave Thelly Hargrave Edward Hargrave [[obscured]] [[vertical in Column 2]] Sandy Heogen William [[?]]
Oliver Otis Howard. Transcribed as written, including misspelled words. Jlch-- unsure of spelling of many freedmen's names
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