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Office of Wm Hendley & Co
Galveston 13th May 1867
Genl A Doubleday
Sub Asst Coms
B of RF and AL Galveston
Dear Sir
We are duly in receipt of your favor of 10th inst. In reference to sales of cotton belonging to certain freedmen named Andrew, Lafayette & Saml Eaton of Richmond Texas we make due note of the contents of your letter to which we make the following statement.
On the 21st Novr 1866, Mr. David C Norwood a Planter of Fort Bend Co came to our office with two freedmen (names unknown) who he said would have some Cotton for Market when Ginned & if we would make an advance on same he would be responsible for the Cotton. The proposition to advance any funds to the freedmen was positively declined we stated however to Mr. Norwood, we are making you advances of Money & supplies & if the two freedmen saw proper to send Norwood their Cotton & Norwood sent us the Cotton with his crop we would sell all on Norwood's account & he might settle with the Freedmen for their share. Norwood asked the freedmen as to whether that would do & in the presence of Mr. OS Battle it was understood that the
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