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Bu. R.F & A.L.
Magnolia Duplin Co N.C. Feb. 28th 1867

Brig Gen. Allan Rutherford
Supt. Bu. R.F & A.L. So Dist.

General

Please send me a couple of U. S. Soldiers to take a boy of Buck Houston (freed) from the possession of Harper Williams of this County. When Buck applied to me I applied to the Chm of Co. Court thinking it was within his province to do so but it seems by the accompanying letter that he can take no action in the matter. Williams lives about 10 miles from here and is for a very old man about as selfish obstinate and ugly as the law allows

Buck will remain here to show them the way but he does not dare go alone as Williams threatens to shoot him

I have the honor to be General
Very Respectfully
Your obedient Servant
H H Foster
Bvt. Maj. U.S.V.
Asst. Supt. Bu. RF & A.L.

[[left margin ]] Please send them today if possible [[/left margin]]

Transcription Notes:
H H Foster-- Assistant Superintendent in Magnolia, and later Assistant Subassistant Commissioner in Kinston

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