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Bureau of Refugees Freedman &c.
H[[superscript]] d [[/superscript]] Qrs. Asst. Commissioner
Raleigh N.C. July 4" 1865

Howard Maj. Genl. O. O.
Commissioner
General
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I have the honor to request that Capt. [[underline]] John J. Bowen [[/underline]] [[footnote 1]] A.Y.M. vols. be assigned to duty in this Bureau and ordered to report to Capt. H. James A.Y.M. at New Berne N.C.
Capt. Bowen may now be addressed at Rochester N.Y.

Very Respectfully
E. Whittlesey
Col. and Asst. Commissioner

[[footnote 1]] Requests detail of Capt. [[underline]] J.J. Bowen [[/underline]] in Bureau of Ref. Freedman &c.


[[stamped]] THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES OF THE UNITED STATES [[/stamped]]

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Bureau of Refugees Freedman &c.
Hd. Qrs. Asst Commissioner
Raleigh N.C. July 12" 1865

Howard Maj Genl O.O.
Commissioner
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General

Several papers referring to trouble on Roanoke island [[footnote 1]] having been referred to me, I have made careful inquiries on the grounds and am convinced that the Govt. has done and is now doing [[underline]] too much [[/underline]] for that colony. [[footnote 2]] There are many able bodied men and boys there, living in idleness because they receive gratuitous support. Were rations issued only to the helpless a large number would leave and find employment. I have given directions to reduce the issues as fast as possible [[footnote 3]], and where the process begins another levies of complaints will come in. Capt. James has I am confidant done all that could be done by any man for the comfort of the people. And I am inclined to think that the charges against [[underline]] Mr. Streeter [[/underline]] are greatly exagerated. But is case is now under Special investigation. [[footnote 4]]

Very Respectfully
E. Whittlesey
Col. and Asst. Commissioner

[[footnote 1]] Relative to troubles on Roanoke island.

[[footnote 2]] Govt. has done and is doing too much for that colony

[[footnote 3]] Has given direction to reduce rations.

[[footnote 4]] Charges against Mr. [[underline]] Streeter [[/underline]] probably exaggerated, case undergoing investigation

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