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District of Natchez for his examination & action arising out of a difference between Capt. Richardson Asst. Special Agt. of the Treasury Dept. & your petitioner - as to the control of his said property, and that he referred the same to Mr. Mellen the General Agt. of the Treasury Dept. for his opinion, at the time of his recent official visit to Natchez - and that he as your petitioner is informed & believes, carried the same away with him- Wherefore your petitioner asks that he may be permitted to give parol proof of the facts above set forth, on the hearing hereof-

Your Petitioner further states that from and after the 1st day of April 1864, up to the 1st day of December 1864, he was allowed to control, and rent his said property without let or hindrance from any quarter, whatever, when about this latter date he received a notice from Capt. Richardson that he claimed the right to control & rent said property for the reason that I had not taken the oath of allegiance to the Govt. of the United, and by virtue of Order No. 35, dated Nov. 14- 1864, and not by virtue of having had any previous
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