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Collection Number: 00523

Collection Title: Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 (bulk 1880-1913)

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held in the Wilson Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the World Wide Web. See the section for more information.


This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities; this finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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Size 6.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 5500 items)
Abstract Joseph M. Morehead was a Confederate officer and a lawyer of Greensboro, N.C. The collection includes legal and business papers, chiefly 1880-1913, of lawyers Joseph M. Morehead and James Turner Morehead, Jr. (1838-1919) of Guilford County, N.C. Papers include briefs and correspondence with clients and other lawyers. Also included are papers concerning the Guilford Battleground Company of which Joseph Morehead was president; family correspondence after 1900 of James Morehead; and antebellum papers of their father. Volumes include records of cases and estate settlements. A few papers pertain to the two men's careers as Confederate officers and in Reconstruction politics. James Turner Morehead should not be confused with his cousin of the same name, James Turner Morehead (1840-1908), a North Carolina and New York City industrialist.
Creator Morehead, Joseph M. (Joseph Motley), b. 1840.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Joseph M. Morehead Papers, #523, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received prior to 1940.
Addition received from James T. Morehead of New York, N.Y., April 1954.
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1a.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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Joseph Motley Morehead (born 1840) was a Confederate officer and lawyer of Greensboro, N.C. He also served for a time as president of the Guilford Battleground Company.

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The collection includes legal and business papers, chiefly 1880-1913, of lawyers Joseph Motley Morehead and James Turner Morehead Jr. (1838-1919) of Guilford County, N.C. Legal papers include briefs and correspondence with clients and other lawyers and are related to matters of debt collection, estate settlement, property disputes, divorces, agreements, and insurance policies. Also included are papers concerning United States and North Carolina military history and monuments, particularly related to the Guilford Battleground Company of which Joseph Morehead was president. There are also genealogical materials and photographs, family correspondence after 1900 of James Morehead, and antebellum papers of James T. Morehead, Senior. A few papers pertain to the two men's careers as Confederate officers and in Reconstruction politics. Volumes include records of cases and estate settlements, account books, political items, and a muster-out roll for Company D, 2nd Regiment, North Carolina Volunteers, 1898.

Prominent correspondents represented in the collection include Thomas Ruffin, P. Murphy, William Alexander Graham, Alfred M. Scales, Julian Shakespeare Carr, Augustus Washington Graham, Mathew Whitaker Ransom, Walter Clark, Lindsay Patterson, William Cicero Hammer, Marion Butler, Stephen B. Weeks, Lee S. Overman, Armistead Burwell, W. A. Hoke, D. Schenck, F. M. Simmons, Charles B. Aycock, Kemp P. Battle, Josephus Daniels, William E. Dodd, M. S. Robins, William Kitchin, Robert Digges Wimberly Connor, Alfred Moore Waddell, Robert D. Gilmer, Burton Craige, Joseph M. Dixon, C. Alphonso Smith, George T. Winston, Samuel A. Ashe, Angus Wilton McLean, Nathan W. Walker, and Frank Porter Graham.

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Contents list

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Folder 1a

Original finding aid #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 1a

Folder 1

1753, 1808-1810, 1817-1829 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 1

Folder 2

1830-1839 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 2

Folder 3

1841-1845 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 3

Folder 4

1850-1859 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 4

Folder 5

1860-1869 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 5

Folder 6

1870-1879 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 6

Folder 7

1880-1881 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 7

Folder 8

1882 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 8

Folder 9

1883 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 9

Folder 10-11

Folder 10

Folder 11

1884 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 10-11

Folder 12

1885 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 12

Folder 13

1886 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 13

Folder 14

1887 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 14

Folder 15

1888 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 15

Folder 16

1889 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 16

Folder 17

1890 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 17

Folder 18a

1891 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 18a

Folder 18b

1891 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 18b

Folder 19-20

Folder 19

Folder 20

1892 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 19-20

Folder 21

1893 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 21

Folder 22

1894 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 22

Folder 23

1895 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 23

Folder 24-25

Folder 24

Folder 25

1896 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 24-25

Folder 26

January-June 1897 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 26

Folder 27a

July-August 1897 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 27a

Folder 27b

September-December 1897 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 27b

Folder 28-30

Folder 28

Folder 29

Folder 30

1898 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 28-30

Folder 31

January-June 1899 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 31

Folder 32a

July-October 1899 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 32a

Folder 32b

November-December 1899 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 32b

Folder 33

January-February 1900 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 33

Folder 34

March-May 1900 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 34

Folder 35a

June-August 1900 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 35a

Folder 35b

July-August 1900 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 35b

Folder 36

September-December 1900 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 36

Folder 37a

January-February 1901 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 37a

Folder 37b

March 1901 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 37b

Folder 38a

April-May 1901 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 38a

Folder 38b

June 1901 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 38b

Folder 39a

August-September 1901 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 39a

Folder 39b

October-December 1901 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 39b

Folder 40a

January-March 1902 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 40a

Folder 40b

April-May 1902 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 40b

Folder 41a

June 1902 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 41a

Folder 41b

July-August 1902 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 41b

Folder 42

September-October 1902 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 42

Folder 43

November-December 1902 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 43

Folder 44a

January 1903 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 44a

Folder 44b

February 1903 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 44b

Folder 44c

March 1903 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 44c

Folder 44d

April 1903 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 44d

Folder 45a

May-June 1903 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 45a

Folder 45b

July 1903 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 45b

Folder 46a

August 1903 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 46a

Folder 46b

September 1903 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 46b

Folder 47

October-December 1903 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 47

Folder 48a

January-March 1904 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 48a

Folder 48b

January-March 1904 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 48b

Folder 49

April-May 1904 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 49

Folder 50

June-September 1904 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 50

Folder 51

October-December 1904 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 51

Folder 52

January-March 1905 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 52

Folder 53

April-May 1905 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 53

Folder 54a

June-August 1905 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 54a

Folder 54b

September-December 1905 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 54b

Folder 55a

January-March 1906 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 55a

Folder 55b

April-May 1906 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 55b

Folder 56a

June-September 1906 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 56a

Folder 56b

October-December 1906 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 56b

Folder 57a

January-February 1907 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 57a

Folder 57b

March-June 1907 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 57b

Folder 57c

July-September 1907 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 57c

Folder 58a

October 1907 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 58a

Folder 58b

November-December 1907 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 58b

Folder 59

January-February 1908 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 59

Folder 60

March-June 1908 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 60

Folder 61a

July-August 1908 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 61a

Folder 61b

September-December 1908 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 61b

Folder 62a

January-June 1909 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 62a

Folder 62b

July-October 1909 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 62b

Folder 62c

November-December 1909 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 62c

Folder 63a

January-April 1910 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 63a

Folder 63b

May 1910 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 63b

Folder 63c

June-December 1910 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 63c

Folder 64

January-June 1911 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 64

Folder 65

July-December 1911 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 65

Folder 66

January-April 1912 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 66

Folder 67

May-December 1912 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 67

Folder 68

January-April 1913 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 68

Folder 69

May-December 1913 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 69

Folder 70

1914 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 70

Folder 71

1915 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 71

Folder 72

1916 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 72

Folder 73

1917 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 73

Folder 74

January-February 1918 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 74

Folder 75

March 1918 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 75

Folder 76

April 1918 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 76

Folder 77

May 1918 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 77

Folder 78a

June-December 1918 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 78a

Folder 78b

January-June 1919 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 78b

Folder 78c

July-September 1919 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 78c

Folder 78d

October-November 1919 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 78d

Folder 79

1922-March 1924 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 79

Folder 80

1-17 April 1924 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 80

Folder 81

18-30 April 1924 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 81

Folder 82

May 1924-1934 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 82

Folder 83a

Undated #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 83a

Folder 83b

Undated #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 83b

Folder 84-88

Folder 84

Folder 85

Folder 86

Folder 87

Folder 88

Miscellaneous and undated #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 84-88

Folder 89-90

Folder 89

Folder 90

Clippings #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 89-90

Folder 91

Maps #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 91

Extra Oversize Paper Folder XOPF-523/1

Guilford Battle Ground Park blueprints, 1902, 1904, undated #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." XOPF-523/1

Six blueprints including proposed designs of monuments to the memory of Generals Nash and Davidson.

Folder 92

French drawing journal #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 92

Folder 93

Miscellaneous #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 93

Folder 94

Genealogy #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 94

Folder 95

Family data from England and Scotland #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 95

Folder 96

Family Bible records #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 96

Folder 97

Miscellaneous #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 97

Folder 98

Volume 1: Settlement with Andrew Lindsay, 1827; Expenditures, 1828-1856 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 98

Folder 99

Volume 2: Attorney's case record, James T. Morehead Jr., 1870-1876 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 99

Folder 100

Volume 3: Miscellaneous notes and land descriptions, Joseph M. Morehead, 1877 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 100

Folder 101

Volume 4: Bank book, James T. Morehead, 1882-1915 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 101

Folder 102

Volume 5: Selected pages from Branson's North Carolina Business Directory 1883 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 102

Folder 103

Volume 6: Canvass book, Rockingham County, N.C., 1884 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 103

Folder 104

Volume 7: Congressional campaign memoranda and voting results, 1880-1886 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 104

Folder 105

Volume 8: Account book, James T. Morehead, 1896-1912 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 105

Folder 106

Volume 9: Muster-out roll, Company D, 2nd Regiment, North Carolina Volunteers, 1898 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 106

Folder 107

Volume 10: Scrapbook, political affairs, circa 1888 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 107

Folder 108

Volume 11: Court transcript, case of Wilson Fulton, undated #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 108

Folder 109

Volume 12: Account book, estate of Colonel James T. Morehead, 1919 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 109

Folder 110

Volume 13: Account book, estate of Colonel James T. Morehead, 1919 #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." Folder 110

Image Folder PF-523/1

Nine photographs: #00523, Series: "Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 and undated." PF-523/1

P-523/1: Reproduction of engraving, John Motley Morehead, circa 1840-1860 #00523, Imagefolder PF-523/1
P-523/2: Photograph of painting, James Kerr, circa 1820-1840 #00523, Imagefolder PF-523/1
P-523/3: Photograph of painting, Joseph Williams #00523, Imagefolder PF-523/1

Photographer: O.W. Cole, Danville, Va.

P-523/4: Photograph, "Monuments to Morehead ancestors, of American Revolution," circa1950-1960 #00523, Imagefolder PF-523/1
P-523/5: Photograph, man with bicycle next to monument to "James Morehead of the N. C. Continental Line," circa 1905-1915 #00523, Imagefolder PF-523/1
P-523/6: Postcard, unidentified man standing in front of house, circa 1905 #00523, Imagefolder PF-523/1
P-523/7: Postcard, circa 1902 #00523, Imagefolder PF-523/1

Features reproduction of drawing of three African American children eating watermelon. Caption reads: "Greetings from the Sunny South."

P-523/8: Postcard, circa 1904 #00523, Imagefolder PF-523/1

Features reproduction of drawing of four young women in bathing costumes, lying in sand on their stomachs, kicking their heels up. Caption reads: "Four of a kind."

P-523/9: Postcard, circa 1907 #00523, Imagefolder PF-523/1

Features reproduction of drawing of submarines firing at each other. Caption reads "Monitor and Merrimac."

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, July 2009

Finding aid updated June 2010 by Kathryn Michaelis for digitization.

This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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