NA, DAMELA 1/14/1865

Hd Qrs Dept Ala Miss & E. La.
Meridian Jany 14th 1865
James L. Price Esqr
President S&W RRd   {Price was President of the Alabama & Mississippi Rivers RR}
Uniontown, Ala.
Dear Sir,
   Your communication of the 6th inst reached me this morning.
   In reply, I have to state I have no power to grant the authority you desire. An application on the same subject from the M&O RR Co {Mobile & Ohio RR} was forwarded some time since by me to the War Department. As yet no answer thereto has been received.
   The Dept at Richmond alone has the power to grant the authority referred to. Should it give a favorable decision in the case of the M. & O. RR, a similar decision would doubtless be given in the case of your Company, and I will take pleasure in forwarding your application to the Hon Sec of War if you will send it to me.
   Mr John ? Wallis at Enterprise Miss has been appointed the agent of the War Dept in this Military Dept to contract and supervise the details of system of exchange of cotton for supplies and will be able to give you any information you may wish on the subject.
I am, Sir, Very Respy &c
R. Taylor
Lt General