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Matters continued until the latter part of March 1864. When you petitioners made a written application to Brig. Genl. Tuttle where Commanding the forces at Natzhez to release his property from Military Control & restore it to his own custody - which he did by his written order endorsed on said application - and your petitioners prevention presented the source to Wilson F Smith the Rental agent of the quartermasters department at that time, who endorsed thereon that from and after that date your Petitioner was to have control of & collect the neutz arising from said property, It being understood at that time that the Rental Department was about to be transferred from the Military authorities under whose Control the same had theretofore, since the occupation of Natchez to the Treasury Department. And Judge Brunett being the designated & duly authorized for that purpose, Agt of the Treasury Department you petitioner took said paper to him for endorsement & approval which was freely given by him all of will mindfully at large appear by reference to said document but which cannot now be produced by your petitioned further reason that he left the same with Brig Genl Davidson Comd of the
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