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Wilmington N.C. March 23d, 1868 Arnold, G. M. R. 2, 1868, N.C. On behalf of the people of that city, respectfully requests that the Commissioner withhold the appropriation to be made to the Episcopal Society, through Rt. Rev. Thos. Atkinson, until they, (the people) who are to be benefitted by it, can make known their desires on the subject. One weeks time asked, etc. etc. 1 Enclosure [[stamp]] RECEIVED PRIVATE MAR 25 1868 [[/stamp]] WAR DEPARTMENT, Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, WASHINGTON CITY, March 28th 1868. Respectfully referred to Maj. General N. A. Miles, Asst Comm'r, for N. C. By order of Maj. Gen. HOWARD, Commissioner, J. A. Sladen. Bvt. Capt. U.S.A., Aide-de Camp. EBMC 3178 Bureau R. F. & A. L. Wilmington N.C. April 16/68 Respectfully returned to Colonel J. F. Chur A. A. A. General. Attention invited to the within communication the signers of which are all colored men, and leading members of the Colored Episcopal Church. They inform me that the statements expressed in the in closed letter are entertained by all the Colored people here; as well [[strikethrough]] as [[/strikethrough]] by those belonging to the Episcopal, as to other churches, and they tell me that they have reason to believe that the erection of the proposed School House under the control of the Rt Rev Bishop Atkinson
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