Maryland Black Minister to the Superintendent of the Middle Department Freedman's Bureau

Balt [Md.]  Nov 11th, 1864.

Dear Sir   You will please excuse me for troubling you but feeling much interest for my people, and being informed that you are to see that justice is to be done to them has prompted me to send this letter to you   I have been informed that a Mr Amos living on N. Charles st one door this side of Reed st has still several slaves which he still holds,  I went there a few days ago and saw them there myself.  Such has been his wife's System, that no one has ever been permited ever to see them   Mr Amos is a noted rebel sympathizer, and if his, and his friend–Dr. Doulan's houses Monument st were examined much rebel information would be obtained.  praying that this communication may be strictly personal and that you will use all your influence in behalf of the oppressed. I have the honour to be Your's most Obedient

Wm A. Willyams

PS.  You will please use my signature Justitia if you may have occasion to use my information   Wm A Willyams

Wm A. Willyams to Major Wm. M. Este, 11 Nov. 1864, filed with M-1932 1864, Letters Received, series 12, Adjutant General's Office, Record Group 94, National Archives.

Published in The Wartime Genesis of Free Labor: The Upper South, p. 517, and in Free at Last, pp. 372–73.