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 I decided to wait and confine my replies officially made to charges from official sources. When at last, after I had formally and strongly recommended the closing out of the Freedmen's Bureau, except the educational division, and that this be transferred to the Department of Education with the residue of the Bureau money, then estimated at $600,000, the subject came up in the House of Representatives for consideration. Fernando Wood, representative from New York, was reported in the Congressional Globe and Daily Chronicle to have asserted that this was only a scheme of General Howard to make away with $600,000 more of the public money. It appeared to me incredible that he, a representative in Congress, could have made the remark, so I wrote him immediately the following letter:
Mr. Wood, taking advantage of my letter, asked the privilege by a unanimous consent of the House to
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