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[A 80 ENCL.] 
State of North Carolina
Davidson County
December 12^th 1867

Major General O O Howard
Commissioner of Freedmens Bureau
Washington [[Cittis?]]

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

[[vertical in Column 2]]
Sandy Heogen
William [[?]]

Transcription Notes:
Oliver Otis Howard. Transcribed as written, including misspelled words. Jlch-- unsure of spelling of many freedmen's names

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