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FREEDMAN'S BUREAU OFFICER IS THREATENED BY LOCALS Good lot of two A.L.S.'s from an employee of the Freedman's Bureau, 8pp., 8vo. and 4to., Abington, Jan. 27 and Feb. 1, 1866. "York" writes, in part: "...Congress has so much to do in regard to the 'Negro' that the members can think of nothing else...I am wholly undecided, if they are not put into the regular Army, but kept in the 'Bureau' as a set of hangers-on - then the honor of belonging to the V.R.C. is no longer apparent, and I will resign and go home...I am very crowded with work...I have been actually afraid I was going to be killed. Three days ago I was in the midst of 25 or thirty hot headed Southern men, all armed and only waiting for me to get into an altercation with one of the autocrats of the place...for them to shoot me; all they want here is just some excuse or provocation and the Agent of the F[reedman's] B[ureau] at Abington will be among the missing. I never had my temper in such control in my life...my life depends on it, and I must do it..." Very good.
Estimate $ 400-500

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