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Cahaba Ala. June 8/64

To his Excellency

Ths. H. Watts Gov, &c,

Dear Sir,

The Rev. P. P. Seely, agent for the "association for the relief of Maimed Soldiers," has visited our place to solicit contributions.

The firm of Portis Farley [?] who own a large Distilling establishment & who are engaged in the production of alcohol &c, for the ordinance Dept purpose with the consent of the officer with whom our contract was made to contribute three or four barrels of good whiskey provided we can obtain permission from you to make it of grain. The whiskey is to be sent (with the permission of Gov. Clarke) to Mississippi to be sold under such regulations as the Gov. & said agent may prescribe.

We propose to send it to Miss. because it command a much higher price in that state than in Ala. This contribution

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if sold at market price in Miss. for a good article will amount to over $10,000.00.

We will be glad to make the Contribution if we can be permitted to use the necessary amount of grain. We propose to Contribute not less than 120 & not exceeding 160 gallons.

Very respectfully, Ths J. Portis

His Excellency, Ths. H. Watts.

I enclose you an account of The origin of the Association, including the contribution be of which, I am the General Agent, for Ala. & Miss. & to which the firm attended to in Capt. Purtis communication, has proposed, a liberal contribution. I have been appealing to the people, in its behalf, for a few weeks, & have obtained [?], amounting to almost $80,000. The Society [?] to present, [?], an artifical limb, to every maimed soldier in the Confederacy. It has in its employ, eight factories, & is turning out about fifteen limbs per day.

The object of this enterprise, commands itself, to [?] [?], & humanity; & from your known interest in every measure, that contemplates, the good of our soldiers, will, I am satisfied, [?] your hearty cooperation. My residence is, Columbus Miss; & my purpose is if you should assent to Capt. Purits a proposition, to have the whiskey sold, by the [?], in Columbus, for medicinal purposes. The [?] propose with your consent, to furnish a first rate article, &, from my knowledge of Gov. Clarke, & acquaintance, withhim, I have no doubt, that he will consent, to the arrangement.

Asking to hear from you, at Columbus, at your earliest convenience, I am

Very Respectfully, Phil. L [?] Sen. Agt., of A.R.M.S for Ala, & Miss

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