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War Department,
Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands.
Washington, Jan 11" 1866.

Circular Letter

I am instructed by Major Genl. Howard to invite your attention to so much of his report as refers the establishment of Intelligence offices in the principal cities and districts in the South, for the purpose of assisting the unemployed Freedmen in securing places. 

No general instructions have been issued from the Bureau on this subject as it is not the wish of the Commissioner to add unnecessarily to the number of officers on duty with the Bureau, but he commends to the consideration of the Asst. Commissioners the proposition of establishing through individual enterprise, a system of agencies in each state, with the design of bringing labor and capital together.

It appears to him that the system might be made 
self-supporting and even remuneratory if conducted in the sound manner as similar institutions are carried on in our large cities at the north.

Very Respectfully
Your Obedient Servant.
Max Woodhull
Col. and Asst. Adjt. General.