Stantonsburg, N.C., April 3rd, 1867
Major N.D. Norton, Dear Sir:
Your favor of April 2nd is to hand and contents noted. In reply I have to state that the two girls, named Clara Ann and Emeline are in my employment, they having hired themselves to me, and having entered into a written contract to work with me on my farm for the balance of the year. The contracts, which I hold, were drawn up by a Notary Public, and signed by the girls. The girls agreed to work with me of their own accord, and part of their wages have been paid them.
I will be in Goldsboro on Saturday next, and will call and see you, and bring the contracts.
Yours truly Jno. B. Carrow
P.S. If I fail to come up on Saturday I will try and come on Monday next if possible. J.B.C.
North Carolina Freedmen’s Bureau Field Office Records, 1863-1872, Goldsboro (subassistant commissioner), Roll 15, Letters received, Jan 1867-Feb 1868, http://www.familysearch.org