You ought to know you have no right.

Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen & Abd Lands

Office Asst Supt Sub District of Goldsboro

Goldsboro N.C. April 20th, 1867


Benjamin Simpson Esq.

Near Wilson, Wilson County


Complaint has been made at this Office by Harry Simpson, (colored) that on or about the 1st of February last, you entered the premises of said Harry Simpson without his permission & taken from thence some forks & other articles. You ought to know that you have no right to enter any persons premises against his will & remove things by force. You will immediately return to the said Harry Simpson (col) all articles taken from him or report to this Office & show cause why you should not comply with this order.

Very respectfully,

Your obdt. servant, H.D. Norton

Captain V.R.C. & [illegible] U.S. [illegible], Asst Supt Bur. of R.F.& A.Lds.


Benjn. Simpson, 65, farmer, is listed in the 1870 census of Oldfields township, Wilson County. No Harry Simpson is listed in the county.

Freedmen Bureau Records of Field Offices, 1863-1878 [database online],

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