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This advice seemed  to be acceptable to the freedmen on the place or at least to the most of them, further that some time previous to our visit the husband of these [[?]] Martha while hunting by accident shot himself producing a dangerous though not mortal wound & Gillam still continued to nurse & attend to him until he recovered which was about Christmas last. I further remark that Gillam did not dismiss them through anger or choice most or all being persons that  he had raised, but through necessity he not being able to provide for them 

If what I have written is not satisfactory to you in the premises you will please indicate the same as well as what other kind of investigation if any other is necessary 

        Yours, & c. C. M. Graves, J.P.