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Scooba, Miss. Dec 23rd 1867

I respectfully ask for information in reference to persons who violated order No. 16. If I remember correctly (for - I havent the order before me) in opposing reconstruction, by persuading and threatening and deterring persons from voting, at the recent election for delegates to the convention.

There are some aggravated cases in this county and I have felt it to be my duty, as a legal citizen to report the facts to you.

Parties apparently emboldened by escape from punishment of these violations, are now, as I am informed, trying to force freedmen in advance, to promise to vote against the Constitution when it comes before the people for adoption, by telling them they shall have neither houses nor land next year, unless such promises one given, by them.

I could have reported these circumstances earlier but for the fact that it seemed useless as long as the notorious J. W. Gully, seriff of this county, could mistate law, commit crime at will, which he did do & still retain his office, though reported.

Gully's remove gives some little, and but little - hope, I am sorry to say, there is a case of assault & battery on me, which I ask to have tried before a military commission,
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