NA, ENG 1/30B/1863

Engineer Bureau
Richmond, January 30th, 1863
Capt. L. P. Grant
Engineer Corps P. A. C. S.
Atlanta, Georgia
   Your letter of the 15th & 24th insts. have been received. The mortgage proposed by the Alabama & Tennessee {River} R. Rd. Co. is not considered satisfactory. Correspondence by telegraph and otherwise on the subject is ongoing on between the authorities here and Judge J. A. Walker, the President of the company. It will be some days, if not longer, before any decision can be obtained on the contract you have submitted -- as soon as any determination is arrived at you will be promptly informed.
   Colonel Gilmer desires me to inform you, that you have his authority to adopt "Touns Lattice," in substitution for "Howes Truss" when in your judgment it will be safe to do so.
Very Respectfully Yours
A. L. Rives
Maj. & Asst. to Chf Engr.