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War Department,
Adjutant General's Office.
Washington, July 19 1865.

My friend Mrs Mary S. Blake, residing on her plantation near Vicksburg Miss writes me that Col Fleming Sup. of Contrabands objects to the contracts she has made with some [[strikethrough]] her [[/strikethrough]] thirty negroes, altho they themselves are perfectly satisfied and desire to remain with her and insists on her employing them on his terms, or sending them off her plantation. They refuse to go

Mrs Blake is a daughter of a class mate of mine at West Point (long since deceased)
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