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This Commission "is constituted for the purpose of aiding and co-operating with the people of those portions of the United States which have been desolated and impoverished by the war, in the restoration of their civil and social condition, upon the basis of industry, education, freedom, and Christian morality."

Rev. JOS. P. THOMPSON, D.D., Pres.

A. V. STOUT, Esq., Treas.
Shoe and Leather Bank.

Rev. LYMAN ABBOTT, Cor. Sec.
14 Bible House.

New York, ^[[15 August]] 186^[[5.]]

Col. E. Whitlesey.
Bureau Refugees & Freedmen.
Raleigh, N. C.

Dear Sir,

Your favor of the 4th inst. is just rec'. As you will observe by the circular we have already sent you, we recognize no distinction of caste or color, and while therefore we are ready & willing to render any assistance in our power to the Freedmen, our Commission is the only one which includes the [[strikethrough]] colore [[/strikethrough]] white portion of the population.

Rev. Fisk P. Brewer late instructor in [[strikethrough]] New [[/strikethrough]] Yale College Scientific School has been appointed our agent for North Carolina & expects to leave for Raleigh the first of Sept. We thank you for your kind offer of [[strikethrough]] co-oper [[/strikethrough]] assistance & shall be glad to co-operate with you in your work among refugees & freedmen in all ways in our power.

I have arranged with a Mr McElroy of this city, [[strikethrough]] See [[/strikethrough]] seedsman & florist, to furnish our agents with seeds at 15 per

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