St Stephens Ala August 4th 1862
Hon J. G. Shorter
My time of Service as Reciever of Public Moneys for the Land Office at this place, will expire on the 2d of September Next, my four years for which I was first appointed 2d by the Govr. of Alabama to fill out that term under the act of the Convention on the 20th March 1861.
If it be Consistant with reason, I would like to be reappointed in the same office for the next term, for which I Believe I can fill the bond Required by Law, as much so as any other person in this Land district.
I ask it as a favour for the reason that I am an Involead [not legible] caused by the affects of four winters & summers Campaigns in the Malarious parts of South Carolina, in the war with the united States and Greate Britain in 1812, 1813, 1814 & 1815, and I am now Suffering from the affects of disease, obtained and Located in the [sistem?] caused by Exposure in those malarious parts of the country yet I have been able to make a Competancy untill a few years past. I was failing to make it, untill I was placed in this Office by Friends who knew my situation, if there be any thing more required of me, than has already Transpired, to show my Integrity, Honesty &c please signify it, and the mode by which I am to obtain my wishes & let me prepare for it. A refference to the Commissioner of the Gen'l. Land office, and the Treasurer of the State of Alabama, where my Returns have been duely Deposited, I hope will be satisfactory
for my Deportment in office.
If I cannot be appointed in the Land office at this place, there may be vacancies at some other point. I would prefer an appointment of this Discription for the Reason that I am now acquainted with its duties. - if Such an appointment cannot be made, there are others of the State, in all Probability I can [file?] my Services renderd in the war before [discrbed?] were performed under the Commissions of Lieutenancys, and at the time of Declaration of Peace Between the Contending Paties I was intiled to the Commission of a captaincy have filld. several military offices of State Militia Since that Period, untill worn out, perhaps now Avails me nothing But Sir I cannot help standing upon the merits of the past, and chance the future
Respectfully Sir, your Obedient & Huml. Servt. John Peebles
Hon John Gill Shorter Govr. State of Alabama at Montgomery Ala