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The Freedmen's Bureau Online

Records of the Assistant Commissioner for the State of Georgia
Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands, 1865 - 1869
National Archives Publication M798 Roll 36
"Unbound Miscellaneous Papers"

State of Georgia vs. Thad, a slave the property of William A. Collins

Letter from William Collins

Office Agent Freedmen's Bureau
Augusta, Ga. March 24, 1866


I have the honor to present for your consideration the enclosed letter.

Doc. Collins, the writer of the enclosed letter, was the owner of the man now on trial. Doc. Collins is in (illegible) honorable gentleman, owned a large number of slaves in the day of slavery, and was noted for his uniform kindness toward his slaves; every word he says and particularly what he has in this letter written, you may fully rely on. I have known the Doc. for 30 years, I have yet to hear the first charge against him in any way. I write you this that you may know the character of the person writing, with the hope that it will have the influence the opinion of a good citizen is entitled to.

I am Respectfully
Your Obd. Ser.
Jacob R. Davis
Agt. F. Bureau

Captain G. R. Campbell
A. S. A. Cmd.

March 20th, '66
Jacob R. Davis, Esqr.
Dear Sir,

a boy that formerly belonged to me is jailed in your city charged with rape on the person of Miss Brown. The case was removed form our Court to the Military Tribunal of your city about two weeks ago.

I never doubted the boys innocence and the evidence will clearly in my opinion prove an alibi on his part.

Miss Brown charged 1st that the offence was committed between 9 & 10 O'clock Sunday morning 21st June 1863. In her evidence on the commitment she said between 9 & 11 O'clock, in either case the evidence will not sustain her as it is proof that the boy was at home some 5 miles from where the offence was said to have been committed until after 10 O'clock.

It is in proof too that Mr. Brown the father of the prosecutrix was hunting dogs to run the offender at 9 O'clock passed Mr. Tankersley and Mr. Garrett's about a quarter after and about ½ after 9 to 10 O'clock was at Mr. Fuller's.

You will see all the testimony at Capt. Campbell's office.

The evidence of Miss Brown I thought very unsatisfactory. There was no evidence used, no clothing torn, a little pain and soreness, no blood. I know but little of the Brown family and that is unfavorable.

Will you see the authorities and urge on them a speedy trial as the boy has already suffered a good deal.

I have now you know no interest in the case farther than the promotion of justice and will kindly remember and duly appreciate any thing you may do.

Yours Respectfully,
W. A. Collins
Columbia Cty.