Nov 23 1867
Allen H. Jackson
A.A.A.G., B.R.F. & A. L.
Your communication of Sept 30th,
in reply to a previous one of mine, and calling for a report is but just
received. I have the honor to submit the
following. During the month of July,
August, September and part of October, the whole county was flooded by the
incessant heavy rains, which, in connection with continued ill, health,
prevented my travelling to locate land or inspect any locations already made. The rains and the presence of the Yellow
Fever in town prevented persons from coming in to enter land. The great difficulty of doing any business
with the U.S. Land Office at
I visited Brooksville before the
Election and found the Freedmen anxious to enter land. I could only remain there a few days, and was
unfortunately suffering from a severe attack of chills and fever. But I took three applications, and did a
little surveying. I shall visit the
place again as soon as possible, and locate all who wish land. There is a considerable quantity of public
land of the best quality near Brooksville. I do not find the freedmen of this place
generally desirous of entering homesteads & probably because there is no
valuable public land in this vicinity.
I enclose a list of Applications
forewarded and Entries received.
Your obs Servt
Wm Lee Arthorp
** Agent Arthorp was a locating agent whose job was simply to locate people who were waiting to apply for homesteads or land through the Freedmen’s Bureau. He would travel to the various Freedmen Offices to collect applications from both freedmen and destitute whites. There was no list of the applications for which he spoke of in the letter. It seems some agents report there are many freedmen at Brooksville wanting to apply for land while others reported not many at all, perhaps this was because the freedmen wanting to apply were not in downtown Brookville but rather the surrounding areas. As the reports for the year 1867 are coming to an end so is the rainy season so that the agents will soon be able to make more travels during the upcoming year. The reports that follow this one begin to show more freedmen applying for land.