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Jacksonville Miss Jan 11th 1864 His Excellency the Governor
I have put in a bid to supply the State of Alabama with such things as you may order. There are five of us concerned. I have had no means of consulting my partners by my authority is ample in the premises. We have authority - from the Civil Military and Naval Authorities (ie federals) "of the department of the Gulf" to ship Cotton to Europe. Concessions made by Gen. Banks to certain Consuls. These papers were shown to Gen Clarke of Miss and he stated the terms in which he would be willing to contract on the part of the state. substantially such as I propose to you. Hon. T.J. Wharton Attorney General of the State, after carefully examining our papers took them to Gen Polk, Comdg, and asked such orders as would protect us at home. He has them under advisement.
We do not propose to run any blockade or to elude federal Cruisers, but to sail out under foreign flag, with full guarantees of federal protection. We propose to bring in supplies from New Orleans and pay certain federal officers for
for proper papers, with the contract already arranged. All e want is the funds to operate with outside and we can introduce anything short of a cannon, with the full knowledge & consent of certain federal officers. This is of course confidential, but if we fail to use them, I am satisfied no better opportunity - for supplying our wants will occur during the war.
Enclosed you will find Governor Clarke's Endorsement of my proposal to the State of Miss, transcribed from the original by Atty Gen Wharton.
If my terms are not liberal enough, please say what you will do. I want the contract. The state runs no risk. I buy the cotton & shop it abroad & deliver the articles & you pay for them. After shipping the cotton for the Cards, we will deliver then any stores before the cotton is shipped -
We can give any bond you may require for this faithful performance of the contract.
I have the honor to be Very respectfully Yr. Mt. obt Servt. J.J. Snyder
Care Hon T. J. Wharton Jackson Miss