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Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands,
Office Sub-District of Richmond,
Richmond, Va., April 2nd 1866.

Lieut. H. S. Merrell }  
Supt. 3rd Dist of Va }


In compliance with instructions contained in par vi. Circular No.10 dated Head Quarters Asst. Com'r State of Virginia March 12th. 1866. I have the honor to submit the following report of the effect of the provisions of said Circular and its results in the Sub. Dist of Richmond

By authority of par III of this Circular, I have been present at the hearing of all criminal cases before the Mayors Court of this City, and I am happy to be able to state, that impartiality has been exercised towards the Freedmen who have been before this Court. Mayor Saunders has manifested a determination, since this jurisdiction was extended to him to grant colored prisoners every advantage and privilege to secure testimony in their cases and has sought to be unbiased in his decisions. But one case of injustice has

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not clear about the word after "Leint." not clear about the word after "has sought to be". ---------- Reopened for Editing 2024-04-24 11:37:26 ---------- Reopened for Editing 2024-04-24 12:06:32 ---------- I believe the question should be 'par vi.' in this sentence: 'In compliance with instructions contained in [?] Circular No. 10 dated Head Quarters Asst. ---------- Reopened for Editing 2024-04-24 12:48:40 Per previously reviewed transcriptions (ex. and records of the 3rd District ( I've update the name to H. S. Merrell. Agree with previous note on 'par vi.' and incorporated that update.