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294 (290) (307) July 12th Col Your Report of 10th inst has been received and you are directed to call upon Dr Slaughter and inform him that after reading his letter and a careful investigation, and mature consideration of the case, I am satisfied that the freedmen whom he states to have been slightly whipped, was in reality beaten in a cruel and cowardly manner. You will inform Slaughter that I am convinced that he was secretly a party to the whipping, and that his conduct and that of his neighbors were alike disgraceful to themselves, their County and the State - That having in contempt and disregard of the civil laws of the State failed to apply to the Courts, or Bureau to redress his complaints against the negroes - And having appealed to mob violence - like disgraceful conduct having occurred heretofore in the County of Stewart - and the civil authorities of the County having shown themselves unable or unwilling to secure Justice to those whom the Gov't has pleged
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