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Corinth, Miss, April 14th 1868 To Agent of Freedman's Beaureau &c, at Canton Miss. Dear Sir: Your petitioner Mrs Joanna S Mims, lately of Holmes Co. Miss and now of Corinth Tishomingo County, wishes to ask your interference in behalf of Charles Brown (Freedman) late servant of her husband Mr Geo. W. Mims of Holmes Co, now deceased. Said Charles Brown did in the year 1866 make a contract for labor with a Mrs Thurmond of Holmes Co, for a share of the crop. Said Charles promising to pay for his rations out of proceeds of said crop, & Mrs Thurmond promised to advance them on those terms. At the end of four months, Mrs. Thurmond ceased to furnish rations as agreed upon, and as Charles had a family and was without means or credit to purchase provisions he applied to me J S. Mims for relief. In consideration of his former fidelity to myself & family and as his wife was in bad health, (soon afterwards dying), I agreed to give him a house & provisions on same terms. Soon after his removal to my house Mrs. Thurmond's agent or overseer, one Mr Williams, came to
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