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A Bu., R., F , &c., Miss., 3 1868

Meridian Miss.,
January 11th, 1868

Allison John T. &
Swann, H. M. Dep. U.S. Marshal.

State that one [underlined]Thomas was employed by  [underlined] J.S.O.G. Green to superintend his farm.  Mr. [underlined] Green died in Sept. ult., but before an administrator was apptd, 51 bales cotton was shipped to Mobile, subject to order of administrator when appointed, supposing the balance sufficient to pay the hands which was not the case [underline] Thomas sold 12 bales to liquidate debts contracted [[by?]] giving orders to hands paying an a/c of his [[own?]] with balance.  [underlined]Thomas sold 3 bales more pay hands with proceeds and it is known that the 15 bales above enumerated were all [underlined] Thomas sold & which have been satisfactorily accounted for, and is known that he had nothing to do with the 51 bales shipped, and did not receive a dime therefor, but is accused by the Bureau agent and under bond of $5000. to appear when wanted.  Request his release from bond as they know he [[is?]] innocent.  The agent has told the freedmen to hold the house in which they live on the estate [[and]] they are destroying the [[?]] on the premises.  Request that they be removed so that parties renting may have possession.  Endorsed by [[?]] E. McKee Reg. in Bank

[[stamp]] Freedmen's Bureau State of Mississippi JAN 13 1868 Received [[/stamp]]

L.B.B. S.D.M.-p-95-96-
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BUREAU OF REFUGEES, FREEDMEN, AND ABANDONED LANDS,
OFFICE ASSISTANT COMISSIONER FOR MISSISSIPPI,
Vicksburg, Miss., January 15th, 1868.

Respectfully referred to Mr. [underlined]Andrew Thomas Agent, Sub-Dist. Meridian for immediate report.

By order of
Bvt. Major General A.C. Gillem
Asst. Commissioner
M. Barber
1st Lieutenant 34th Infantry
A.A.A. General

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