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W46, ALDC, Vol. 4, 1868.
2"Vol No 1633. O.L.S.D.C., 1868
Washington D.C.
April 8th, 1868

War Department
E.M. Stanton
Secy of War.

States that complaints are being made to him of contracts made by Genl C.H. Howard, for employment of colored persons before the Dist. Of Columbia under condition that they shall remain out of the Dist. for 6 mo's with forfeiture of wages if they return within that period. Directs that immediate report be made what contracts have been or are being made with copy of law or regulation under which made, and that Gen Chas. Howard be directed immediately to abstain from making any contracts until further orders from that Dept.

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Received A.C.D.C., April 8th, 1868.

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War Department
Bureau R.F. and A.L.
Washington, April 8, 1868.

Respectfully referred to Gen. CH Howard, Asst. Comm'r for report

By order of Maj.Gen.O.O.Howard
(Signed) E.Whittlesey

Bureau Refugees, Freedmen & Abandoned Land,
Head-Quarters Asst. Commr., D.C,

Respectfully forwarded with statement that no contracts with the condition named have ever been approved by me. All contracts made by subordinate officers in this District have been upon the inclosed form without alteration.  Only two labor contracts of any kind have been made at the Office of the Local Supt. since December 1867.
(Signed) CH Howard
Asst. Commisioner
E.B.Vol 4 No"1019.

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Bureau Refugees, Freedmen, & Abandoned Lands,
Head-Quarters Asst. Commr., D.C.,

Official copy respectfully furnished to J.V.W. Vandenburgh, Local Supt. D.C. for compliance with the within order.
By order of the Asst Commm'r.
Stuart Eldridge
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