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Jacksonville Ala Jany 22nd/64

To H. Wills Gov. of Ala

Dear Sir

I appeal to you for help in a difficulty which perplexes & troubles one verry much. It is about sending a negro to Mobile The one that I sent last year took the measeles & died there & now every negro I have firmly believes that the one that goes this year will die in the same way. I have five men, one of them is too old and another has Rheumatism & the other three have not had the measles. & neither of the other three are willing to go because they think they would be sure to take the measels & die like their fellow servant last yer - Now I believe the last one of them will run away & perhaps go to the Yankees if I attempt to force them to go to Mobile. And now I want to beg of you to allow me to pay something and be relieved from sending one - Does it not look very hard after I have sacrificed so much for Mobile in losing there one of my best men, now to be made to lose all of at least run the risk of losing all, for the same place, & be brought to the plowing in my old age? And if I lose my negroes

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I believe it will be a misfortune not only to myself but to my neighborhood, for by the blessing of Providence upon my crops I have been enabled to supply a number of families with corn In this portion of the State where there are so many destitute women & Children & comparitively so few negro laborers we can but poorly afford to spare any of them. If I could hire a negro at any price to go to Mobile or if one of mine were willing to go I would not trouble you with this appeal -

Please be so kind as to write back immediately & let me know if I cannot be allowed to pay an equivalent in money -

Yours Respectfully David Atkins

Jacksonville Ala Calhoun County

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David Atkins Jany 22/64 Ans 26th no copy

The State is making no impressments. In case they are being mad by Confederate Authority the Governor does not interfere - He thinks more hands are needed in Mobile. Inquire into the justice of the call. See that it is made according to law, and refer your greivances to Confederate Authority.

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