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Rockingham Richmnd County &c
April 11/67

To, the Principal
Freedmen Bearau }
Wilmington NC

My D Sr
I notice, that the Secty of War has been empowered, through your Beaureau, to issue supplies to the needy, to prevent starvation and [[?]]. You are respectfully informed, that the greater portion of Richmond County, and percentage in and around our village are and have been in the greatest need for the failure of the last years crop, has occasion under [[?]] destitution in our midst, very few being able to help the needy, and unless assistance be procured & that too speedily, suffering is inevitable, among both white & Black

Very respectfully
Wm. A. Leak

II I should be pleased to hear from you as to the prospect of getting assistance

Recd. and ansd. April 13/67