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Bureau Refugees, freedmen and Abandoned Lands,
Office of Assistant Commissioner Miss.
This Indenture, made on the Sixteenth day of January, 1866,
Witnesseth: That Melinda Addison, colored, aged fourteen years the • of       , and an orphan girl
has voluntarily expressed a willingness to live with and be bound to P. B. Starke of Bolivar County Miss
for the term of four years from the date of this instrument

That said P. B. Starke AGREES AND BINDS HIMSELF unto
Col Samuel Thomas, Assistant Commissioner, Bureau Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands, for State of Mississippi, to furnish food clothing, washing, lodging, school books, and medical attendance to, and in every way care for, said child, Melinda Addison during the term of this Indenture; that said child, Melinda Addison, is to be sent to a school, taught by a competent teacher, at least six months of each and every year. The father binds himself to exact no more labor from said colored child, Melinda Adison[Addison], than is due from white children who are bound out under the laws of the State of Mississippi, in similar circumstances. The Assistant Commissioner, Bureau Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands, for the State of Mississippi, reserves the right to annul this Indenture at any time the parties concerned fail to perform their party of its stipulations.
In Witness Whereof, The parties to these presents have hereunto set their hands and seals.
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In presence of
Horatio, N. Warren
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Joseph Warren   L.S.
for Col. Samuel Thomas  L.S.
P, B, Starke  L.S.

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