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[460] which they had fled for protection;—the exigency was pressing. It had been alleged that most of them were idle and vicious, and indisposed to work; but General banks, then having command in Louisiana, used these words in one of his despatches:—‘Wherever in the Department they have been well treated, and reasonably compensated, they have invariably rendered faithful service to their employers. From many persons who manage plantations, I have received the information that there is no difficulty whatever in keeping them at work, if the conditions to which I have referred, are complied with.’

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