in the crop would secure a more steady course of labor and prevent stealage, I know not, perhaps both. Your brother was so decidedly in favor of a share in the crop, if for no other reason than because all others were offering it in your neighborhood. I determined to draw up two contracts, one, on the basis of 1/3 of the crop, the other for wages monthly. I did so and took both down to your brothers office to submit them to him, but regretted to find that he was detained at home from sickness. I this week took them to Genl. R K Scott successor to Genl. Saxton and left them with him for perusal and concurrence. They were drawn on the basis of the Darlington Contracts said to have been approved by Genl. Saxton. Genl. Scott demurred to several of the stipulations, and said he would prepare a contract that would not vary much from the ones submitted, and would send me a copy- I have not yet heard from him, when it is recd. I will send you a copy. I urged upon him prompt action as time was passing and he admitted the necessity of action and seemed desirous of doing his duty both to Employer and employees in the spirit of justice to both as far as he was competent. & here lies the difficulty. The fairest minded of all these officials seems not to be able comprehend the difference between the "nigger" freedman and the white northern laborer. You can inform the men on the place if they apply to you again that we are waiting on the Bureau for their contract. Yours trulyW. McBurney
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Heyward and Ferguson family papers, 1806 - 1923
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