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Eagle Falls, Rockingham Cty NC Mar 4th 1868 Capt Hugo Hildenbrand Dear Sir I have investigated the case of David Strong against Allen & James H. Thomas. [[strikethrough]]David Strong doesnt[[/strikethrough]] I find that Allen & James H. Thomas are indebted to David Strong in the sum of forty two dollars & seventeen cents with interest from the 1st Sept. 1867, Mr. Thomas claims a credit out of that amount of fifteen dollars which he paid to David S. Ellington for David Strong for which he holds Ellingtons receipts for the same he produced the receipt to me. David Strong said he never received any money from Ellington & Ellington denied having received any money from Thomas. If you think Thomas ought to have a credit for the fifteen dollars, that amount must deducted from the $428 77 cents. If you send an execution for the amount send it to my care & I will have it collected. I have been solicited by a good many freedmen & whites to ask you to appoint me your agent north of Dan River in this county they say it is not convenient for them to cross the river to go to the court house to attend to their business & they would like to have a man on the north side of the river. If you [[?]] any refference I refer you to Lawyer Gilmin, the Sentty Gerrel. Sloans & C. Yours most respectfully Richard J Lawson
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