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Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands,
Head-Quarters, Asst. Commissioner, State of North Carolina,
Raleigh, N.C., July 12th 1865

General

Several papers referring to troubles on Roanoke Island having been referred to me, I have made careful inquiries on the ground, and am convinced that the Govt. has done and is now doing too much for that colony. There are many able-bodied men & boys there, living in idleness, because they receive gratuitous support. Were rations issued only to the helpless, a large number would leave, & find employment. I have given directions to reduce the issues as fast as possible; & when this process begins, another series of complaints will come in.

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