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in preparing, and will be forwarded to your address as soon, I think, as it can be needed.

  You are respectfully requested to give such public notice, as you may deem sufficient, of the fact that applications for claims of every kind, arrising from the Military and Naval service, in the case of colored soldiers or sailors and their families, will be made out at your office, or such place as you shall designate, without expense to claimants.

  It is desired that the applications, when duly executed, should be forwarded to Darius Forbes, Esq. of this city, who is named in them as the Attorney of the claimants. He will see that the papers are filed in the proper Governmental Departments, will give the necessary attention to them while they are under consideration, and, when claims are allowed, will forward the certificates, on which pay is drawn, to your address.   

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No need to put correct or modernized spelling of words in double brackets. Great job transcribing this letter! -- Beth

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