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Washington D.C.
Aug 22, 1865

This matter is entirely within the competency of Col Thomas, and if the Contracts made with the freedmen are unjust and they dissatisfied they should be amended.

Respectfully returned to Major Gen'l Howard
S. Thomas
Adj't Genl.


War Department
Bureau Refugees for
Washington Aug 23. 1865

Respectfully returned to Col. Saml Thomas Asst. Com'r for Vicksburg Miss. and his attention directed to endorsement of Brig. Genl. S. Thomas Adjt Gen'l.

By order of 
Maj. Genl Howard Com'r
Sam L Taggart
Asst. Adjt. Gen'l
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