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Edgar M Gregory--letter to Howard, 16 March 1866

[list of letters transcribed from the Texas Assistant Commissioner]
[source: National Archives, Record Group 105, microfilm publication M821, reel 1 (Records of the Assistant Commissioner for the State of Texas, Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, 1865-1869, Letters Sent, Volume 1), page 169]


Headquarters
Bureau R. F. and A. L.
State of Texas.
Galveston, March 17th 1866.

Howard Maj. Gen. O. O.
Dear General,

I am in receipt of your favor of the 3rd Inst, and in reply sincerely acknowledge my sense of your kindness and generosity.

Opposition has not been unexpected by me from those who have sought the destruction of the Govt and in spite of the Bureau would still defraud the freedmen of their just rights. I confess to have friendship for the Blacks but claim to have an equal one for my own color. I seek to do Justice to both and if I err am willing to amend my Judgement or [?] conviction. I accept your suggestions in the spirit that has dictated them and will attempt to use that charity so kindly recommended. I cannot but suggest that the best evidence of my influence of my friendly spirit for the Freedmen, and that I have in this sought the best interests of the whites, is the general dilligence [sic] of those freedmen in the Service of the suffering Whites. I have endeavoured to act in conjunction with the Dept Commd (Gen Wright) and often consult with [him] as to all matters of moment. I have not yet been able to see Govr Hamilton and yet from what I can learn from his confidential friends we are of one mind. I hope to see him soon. While I hope in the end to receive the approval of reasonable and right minded men I have no hope of those who are evil [sic] disposed toward the Govt giving us their Sanction and assistance just now. we hope and expect to bring all right in the end.

I am Genl
Very Respectfully
Your Obedt Servt
E M Gregory
Brig. Gen. and Asst. Comm.

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