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Actg Provost Marshal's Office Raymond
Raymond Miss. August 8th, 1865.

Lieut Colonel R. S. Donaldson
Act'g Asst. Comm. Freedmens Bureau.

Colonel,
I have the honor herewith to submit for your consideration and receive instructions accordingly, of cases which are coming up daily before me for my distribution, in several instances Minors are left on Plantations whose Parents have run off and left them to the Charity of the Planter, who does not feel that he ought to take care of them, and if willing to let them remain on the place, does not feel like paying them any thing more than what his laid down in the Agreement without any Monthly Wages, in others cases where the Parents have left their children from 5 to 14 Years of age, if these with whom they are now living does not have any right to chastise them as they would their own, without going to the Provost Marshals Office for every petty offence done by the children. In my opinion the ones with whom such are living ought to be empowered by making such children mind, for we all know that it his impossible

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