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Executive Department.
Montgomery, Jany24th 1862.
Hon. Thos J. Hudson - Lamar, Mississippi. [check]
Sir,
Very pressing official duties have prevented an earlier
reply to your letter of the 22d Ultimo. Your request - to appoint
Delegates to the Planters' Convention, to meet at Memphis, on the 3rd
Monday of February - has been complied-with by a nomination from
this Department - of thirty six delegates to represent the State of
Alabama, in Convention. The next mail will convey to you - the City-papers,
containing the list of Delegates, and the printed Circular address, you
did me the honor to enclose to me.
Very respectfully, Your ob't Ser't.
(Signed) Jno Gill Shorter.
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Executive Department.
Montgomery, Ala. Jany25th 1862
Mr Wm Alley, Tuskegee, Ala. [check]
Sir,
The State of Alabama has a number of public arms -
muskets, pistols, and Cavalry-Sabres-scattered through the Country,
which are, now, very much needed. I am, also, desirous of
buying good double-barrel Shot-guns of musket calibre - and Rifles
with good stocks and locks, with barrels of an in inch or over
in Diameter - Suitable for boring out to a uniform Calibre- like
the Mississippi rifle.
I will pay you one dollar per gun, for all public arms,
muskets, and pistols which you may collect in the Counties
of Macon - Russell - Chambers - and Tallapoosa; and like
compensation for all the Cavalry-Sabres, with their accoutrements. I will,
also, pay you the same Commission for every good double-
barrel Shot-gun - and rifle, you may purchase for the State of
above-mentioned quality and description, at prices from
$8. to $18. the arms to be delivered to Col. W. R. Pickett. A. Q. M.
Montgomery, who will pay for them.

I hand you a commission giving you authority to
collect and buy arms for the State.
Your obt Sevt
(Signed) Jno Gill Shorter
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Executive Department.
Montgomery, Ala. Jany29th 1862
To His Excellency, Govr of the State of Virginia. [check]
Sir,
I have the honor to acknowledge the rec't of your letter of 17th Inst.
communicating a copy of the Resolutions adopted by the General
Assembly of Virginia, approving the declaration of sentiment & purpose
contained in certain joint Resolutions of the legislature of the State of
Georgia, and affirming & adopting the same; together with a
communication- addressed by your Excellency - to the Legislature of Virginia
upon the subject, and requesting me to present the same for the
consideration of the Genl Assembly of this State. Cordially approving the Joint
Resolutions - and endorsing, heartily, the substance of your message to the
General Assembly of Virginia, it will afford me sincere pleasure to
comply with your request - to communicate them to the General Assembly
of Alabama, and to ask their most favorable consideration.
Very Respy
Your ob't Ser't.
(Signed) Jno Gill Shorter -

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