NA, CSN 6/15/1861

Office of Navy Agent
New Bern June 15th 1861
Hon W. Winslow Serp &c
   I have sent you per Rail Road Three Bbls Oil which is all that was found in the Light Vessels at this place. There are about five Bbls at Fort Macon for which I shall send Bbls from this place and have shipped to you without delay.
   This oil is all of the first quality of Sperm and will answer for the finest kind of machinery; if it is intended to be used for Rail roads, I would suggest the propriety of mixing it with porpoise oil which can be purchased for about one third of the value of Sperm Oil.
   A few bbls of porpoise oil can be obtained at this place. *****
Very Respectfully
Your Obt. Servt.
O. S. Dewey
Navy Agent