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R 37 Bu R.F.&c Miss 1868 [[stamp]] Freedman's Bureau of Miss Received Dec 10, 1868 [[/stamp]] at large with no charge preferred; the fact that the boy Henry Duke has afraid in his imprisonment of nearly two weeks his fright and pecuniary loss of the lawyers fee paid heavy enough penalty for his indecent conduct and expenses - I would most respectfully recommend his immediate release from confinement without the payment of costs. And further, in view of this case as a precedent and example of the predjudice existing and used in all cases where Negros are parties against whites I would suggest the trial of William Evans for the murder of Patrick Watkins by a military tribunal. In the foregoing statement I omitted to say that it was shown on trial that the gun used by Henry Duke in the melee was left by him cocked which alone according to the charge of the Judge clears him of the "Attempt" charged in the indictment I am Major Very Respectfully Your Obt Svt H.A. Kelly Agent B R F & AL
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