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Greensbow Jany 13" 1864

To His Excellency Thos. H. Watts

Dear Sir

Your form reporting the impressment of hands for Mobile from this county is at hand.

I have met with greater difficulties in executing the last order for hands than I have ever met with before. This side of the river (East Greene) has been called upon to do more than his share of the work, having furnished neearly half of the numbers of Slaves waggons & tools that was called for from the County with about one third less population.

I have untill very recently been acting as Impressing Agent for East Greene - but now for the whole County - and will in future

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endeavour to make it more equal.

When the last order was received there was not hands enough left on this side of the river Subject to Impressement to fill the order. Consequently, I postponed the call untill the first day of Jany - on which day (cold as it was) I sent off forty eight hands with provisions to last for Seventy days.

One of the difficulties that I met with in getting hands - many of the Planters are engaged in making Nitre Barrels for the Government and claim exemption upon this ground. I have been instructed by the department at Moblie not exempt any such unless they have been impressed by Gen Johnston Polk or Hooker.

The law will have to be informed against these men as they have refused to send after having been repeatedly called upon to do so.

Your Excellency will please instruct me how to Execute the Confederate Act of Impressment upon

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3 those who refuse to Send. If I am executing a State law I would call upon the Sheriff to appoint me. Which I did on only one occasion. I find that it is almost impossible for the owners to provide clothing & Shoes for their Slaves. are they to be forced off without Shoes. I have very little doubt but many of them that I sent off on the 1 Janry will be made sick from Exposure. I could not procure havens for them at Newbern when they were required to remain all night under a shelter with but little fire as I could not procure it for them on any times. I Sent off Sixteen more hands on last Monday that very few were willing to expense their hands out. I mention the above facts that your Excellency may Know why I have been so tardy in the execution of the last order.

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(5) Your favor was very acceptible to me at this present time on it may enable me to procure the hands called for without coertion. I have put it in the Beacon. That it may be read by all who are interested. Our citizens need something to stimulate them. If your excellency could spare the time a visit from you at this place & [?] would result in much good. If you will send me on appointment for each place I will take great pleasure in securing face an audience. I Rc'd from Judge Goldthwaite respecting the payment of State Troops who lived at Gainesville covering a correspondance on the subject. It requires that if the members of the different companies cannot appear at the pay table. That Powers of Attorneys must be presented to en

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