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The Adams Express Company. 

Okolona Miss May 9th 1866

[[strikethrough]] Mr [[/strikethrough]]
Coln Saml Thomas

Free mans Bureau
Vicksburg

Der Sir 
My wife & my self both appreciate yours & Lt Eldridge kindness but beg leave to decline his Kind proposition & inclose the money to defray her expences to this place

We are both doing well & can make a support & educate & bring up our own Child. But we do not think we could give her up & be satisfied if we could we then might be willing  Therefore we hope you will send her [[strikethrough]] us [[/strikethrough]] to [[strikethrough]] her [[/strikethrough]] us as soon, as possible & oblige

Yours Verry Respectfully
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