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Bowling Green Caroline Co Va
July 31st 1866

Major James Johnson VRL
Sept 6th District Va

In compliance with Circular No 10 Hd Qrs Asst Com'r State of Va Richmond Va March 12th 1866, I have the honor to report that the provisions of the Circular are not fully carried out by Justices of the Peace and Magistrates inasmuch as they fail to notify me of cases brought before them.  In my previous reports I stated their reasons viz - that Constables are very scarce, - that it in many cases require three days to secure my attendance - (for instance I might be attending to a case in Port Royal at the time I would be wanted at North Wales -) In the mean time they say - What is to be done with the prisoner, and further that any one committed by them must come and be tried at the County Court, there they think from reading the Circular that my duty commences. I differ from them as to the reading of the Circular, but know it is very difficult, if not impossible for them to obey it literally -
I have no cases to report this month, there was five Freedmen awaiting trial, one for Rape - and four for stealing chickens but they broke jail and left together - the jail is but a poor excuse - now the County is repairing it -
I am Major Very Respectfully your Ob't Servt John O'Dwyer Capt VRC Asst Supt BRF and AL