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                        Post of Corinth
                        Corinth, Miss, Dec. 30th 1867


Lieut Allen Almy, 34th U.S Infantry
      Sub-Asst. Commissioner, Bureau RF and A.L
           Commanding Post of Corinth

                 Sir:
                        In compliance with written and verbal instructions of date Dec. 22. 1867, directing me to proceed to the plantations of J. E. Duke, 8 miles south of Bay Springs and there investigate a complaint made against him by Freedman, (see two enclosures) I have the honor to make the following report.
         I started on the morning of the 23rd and arrived at the plantation of J.E.Duke about 2 o'clock P.M on the 24th. On my arrival I found Duke absent at a town (Fulton) 17 miles distant, but expected at home that evening. I remained there all might & in the morning I called together 4 of the members (6 had been selected, 3 by each party, but two were absent from home and at some distance) of the Board of Arbitration, 3 of whom had been selected by the Freedmen and one by  Duke. I had had diligent search made the evening of my arrival, for the written contract, but failed to find it or the written proceedings of the Board of Arbitration. Only one copy of the Contract had been made and it had been retained by Duke.
Each of the members of the Board gave me substantially the
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