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industrious and energetic, The Majority of the town folk dislike the Contract System: as a general thing they prefer to Cultivate Farms upon shares: that is they are willing to labor for a stipulated portion of the Crops: and My information is that under this System bothe [[both]] employers and employed are more benefited than by the wages systems: having an intreat that the quantey [[quantity]] to be produced shall be large as possibel as the larger it is the greater will be thir [[their]] share: they have a consistent incentive to avoid idleness and carelessness and make the best of this time and opertunity [[opportunity]]. The disposition of the whites towardes [[towards]] the Freedmen So far as have the opertunity [[opportunity]], to learn is frendly [[friendly]]: this is certainly the case withe [[with]] the intelligent portion of the Community: Colored Mechanic's experance [[experience]] no difficulty in obtaining work from those who were [[?]] slave owners: and whose [[?]] and price are equal: The Freedman stand as good chance as the White Mechanic familys [[families]] belonging to the better classes: pay liberaly wages to those they employ as house servants, from inclination and interest combined treet [[treat]] them kindly. No opertunity [[opportunity]] has arrived during the month of listing the civil tribunals which effect the Colored peopel [[people]]. Total number of Destitutes relived [[relieved]] during the month one hundred and seventy (170) Men 20 Woman 48 Children under fourteen years of age 102. Very Respectfully your obed Servant John D Moore 1st Lieut & Rl asst sub Commissioner
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