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Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands,
Headquarters Assistant Commissioner State of North Carolina,
Raleigh, N. C., ^[[20th January,]] 186^[[9.]]

L 40 Vol. 1. 1869.

Bvt. Maj. Gen'l. O. O. Howard

I have the honor to inquire whether in the transfer of buildings for School purposes to Boards of Trustees, there is any objection to one or more (not exceeding a minority) of the board being white persons.

There is probably but two cases in this State where it would be desirable so to appoint, in both cases the most interested party in the success of the undertaking being white. I refer to the schools erected in Raleigh for Miss. [[underlined]] Martha Mason, [[/underlined]] and at High Schools for Mrs. [[underlined]] Admiral Wilkes. [[/underlined]]

A rumer has reached me that 
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