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all official documents relating to the business of the Bureau, especially a circular from the Sec. of Treasury, to his Agents, ordering them to turn over all lands, buildings, and other real estate, confiscated to the U.S. Government, to the Freedmen's Bureau. 

In case of inability or indisposition on the part of the military authorities to furnish requisite assistance, shall I apply to your Head Quarters for such help, or can I bring any power to bear upon the military authorities to compel them to accede to just demands?

Is there power to seize any plantation or other property whose owner has not taken the amnesty oath, or been pardoned; for the benefit of the Bureau? I have been so informed by those professing to know the fact.

Instructions upon these and other points, will be gratefully received and strictly observed.

Very Respectfully
Your obt Servant
Sam'l Gardner
Sub Asst. Commissioner
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