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Executive Department Montgomery, Ala. 24th March 1858
Dear Sir -
For several days I have been engaged in endeavouring to find the Manuscript of Prof. Tickney's Report, I can find none, except that set up & printed, and several pages of that is missing - The 12 pages which remained to be printed have been completed as corrected by you, and the whole in pages regularly arranged - It was my intention to enclose you the printed matter, & the manuscript for examination, but the manuscript is in such a condition that I am afraid to send it by mail for fear it may either lost, or so much defaced, that the words may get into a worse condition that it now is.
On consultation with some gathered here, who take an interest in getting out the Report, in as perfect a state as circumstances will permit & upon a conference wish Dr. Cloud, the present Public Printer, who will print so much
much of the note as you have prepared, and is now in your hands, - I have determined to ask you to enclose to me the Manuscript of that portion of the note in your hands, that I may deliver it to Dr. Cloud,
and that I may see it, & be able to sustain you provided any part of it should be lost in the [?] hands, The [ ? ] [ ? ] of the former printers induces me to suggest this course -- It is due to Dr Cloud, However, to say; that there is no particular reason for apprehending any difficulty of this sort with him.
When it is set up, I must beg you to come to Montgomery & correct the proof sheets, & examine the other part of the work, & do the best you can with it -- I hope you can spare a week from your labors at the University to attend to this matter -- Of course you will be allowed [ ? ] pay for doing so -- To send the whole matter to Tuscaloosa will be attend with much delay, & some danger of loss or injury to the work -- I hope
if you will be able to consent to this
proposition, as I am very desirous that you should supervise The works until it is done - 2 move off no one who can, under the cirumstances, do it so well as yourself - I have procured & paid for the maps I should have stated, that your letter an answer to my inquiries was received in due time - I concur with you, that something should appear in the first pages of the report, in place its important condition I leave today for Mobile & will be absent ten or twelve days if you forward your manuscript before my return my private secretary will deliver it to St Cloud Please let me hear from you, Very respectfully, Your obt svt A.B. Moore Prof. J.W. Mattel Tuscaloosa