Selma July 21, 1862
My Dear Sir
I take pleasure in introducing to you my Friend Lieut J. H. Speed of the 20th Ala Regmt. He is on a mission in reference to the Salt supply and desires to see you in Regard to the same. Any assistance you can render him will be thankfully remembered, and any promise he may make may be implicitly relied on.
He is a Gentleman entitled to confidence & of unundoubted integrity.
This is hot weather - hope the Yankees at Berkely will get a foretaste of the heat that is awaiting them in another Country.
Success to our Cause & to you my good Friend
Yours truly W. M. Byrd