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Text for Page 216 [02-05-1863]

                 Boweryem�s Letter.
I coul find a suitable position under a 
freedom-spreading commander where my phy
sical proportions would be no hindrance to
my usefulness.   My will and understanding
are full-grown, and my capacity for labor
equal to that of most men.   If you will kind-
ly mention me to some officer as a man useful
in the capacity of a scribe, printer, or for dan-
gerous secret service, I will hold your ser-
vices gratefully in my esteem and memory.
Do you think I could teach the blacks to
sing liberty songs?  They must be taught by
ear and memory.   This is the only way I 
can sing myself.      I could write songs suit-
able for fo their understandings and com-
pose melodies adapted to their powers of ex-
pression.     I would throw myself heart and
soul into this occupation.  x  x  Mrs Robert-
son has attempted �readings� at Dodworth�s
Hall; I know not with what success.      Mor-
ris is domiciled in his den at the top of a 
Broadway building.   He has taken possession
of the arm-chair and cushion formerly in
your room, on the authority of Haney. His table
is made �all out of his own head� � memorable
joke.   I have lent him a melodeon on which
[unclear word] plays never-ending, always-beginning pious
[unclear words] downs, and spins out his gentle emo-               
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