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and in consequence of the state of the country they could not return. Petitioner has never in any manner taken part in the late rebellion and given it no countenance. He has taken the amnesty oath prescribed by President Johnson on the 29th of May last a certificate of which is now on file in your office in papers relating to Island No 98. Petitioner prays that restoration of said plantation be granted to him and if consistent with the rules and regulations of the Department that he be allowed to collect the rent for the present year. Petitioners titles are all on record in said county and copies cannot now be procured as the papers of the office were all removed for safe keeping and access to them cannot now be had. He has owned said place for the last ten or fifteen years and untill the time aforesaid has had great & undisputed enjoyment of the same land  petitioner will ever pray &c

Henry lehotard
by Henry lehotard Eustis
Attorney in fact
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