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To support themselves and families. I have heard of no instance of suffering yet but it is more than probable there will be many cases before the crop is harvested. There are a number of persons both white and black who are too old and infirm to make a support for themselves, and there are some woman with large families of children who are properly objects of charity.
Any assistance rendered to these classes would be highly acceptable to them and productive of good.
We have neither the means nor the power to do anything for them or we would gladly do so.
Very Respectfully
Tho D. McDouell. 
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