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my house and in a threatening manner demanded his return to Mrs Thurmonds service, on penalty of direct threats or forfeit of $100. Charles was frightened and I being a widow, did not know what to do in the emergency, but in order that Charles might gain time for defence in the Courts, I want his security for the demanded forfeit of one hundred dollars
Suit has now been instituted against us jointly in the County Court of Holmes County for the amount of the note. The crops of that year failed so that Charles is utterly unable to pay it, even if just. I now ask of you to intercede in the premises and relieve said Charles Brown and myself who are so little able to attend a Lawsuit 200 miles distant in order to gratify the unjust demand of an avaricious and oppressive party 

As to connection of said facts I would refer you to Mr. J. L. Barnes, now residing at my old residence in Sd County and also to Henry Mims, (Freedman) at same place! Mr. W A. McMillan and wife, late of Sd County, now of Corinth concur in these facts

It may be well to add also that the law under which Mrs Thurmond and her agent Mr. Williams, assumed an act was passed by Legislature of this State in 1865, and since pronounced by higher Courts to be null and void. 
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