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this has been returned it will be considered the second, also I cannot understand why the Bureau has no authority to pay a claim of this kind, except it is because I have been lenient enough not to trouble the officers of the Government for nearly two years, and as by very little trouble it can easily be proved that their account is correct and just, as the C.M.O. states that any name does not appear upon the list of attendants at Columbia S.C. which proves that I was not paid for my services, all that remains to do is to find out whether or not I was on duty during the time specified, and if so why should the Bureau R.F and A.L. have no authority to pay a claim which had it been made out two years ago, would have been been paid by my simply signing a muster roll for extra pay. 

[[stamp]] BUREAU R.F. & A.L. WASHINGTON. REC'D OCT 5 1870 [[/stamp]]

A. J. J. Austin.

By last accounts Dr. J. F. Ensor late in charge of the Freedman's Hospital at Columbia S.C. now resides in that city as collector of Internal Revenue.

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