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[[stamp]] THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES OF THE UNITED STATES [[/stamp]]
9th
Roanoke Island N.C March 1865.
Mr President Dear Sir We Colored men of this Island held a meeting to consult over the affairs of our present conditions and our rights and we find that our arms are so short that we cant doe  any thing with in our selves so we concluded the best thing we could do was to apply to you or some of your Cabinets we are told and also we have read that you have declared all the Colored people free bothe men and woman that is in the Union lines and if that be so we want to know where our wrights is or are we to be stamp down or troden under feet by our Superintendent which he is the very man that we look to for assistents in the first place his Proclamation was that no able boded man was to draw any rations except he was at work for the Government we all agreed to that and was willing to do as we had done for $10.00 per month and our rations though we seldom ever get the mony
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