NA, ENG 12/2A/1862

Engineer Bureau
December 2d, '62
J. W. Lapsley Esq.
Selma, Ala.
Dear Sir,
   Your letter of the 15th Nov. '62 addressed to his Excellency President Davis, enclosing proposed obligation and mortgages of the Alabama & Tenn. River R. Rd. Co. binding themselves to construct the railroad from Blue Mountain, Ala. to Rome, Geo. -- together with a copy of the act authorizing the contract or contracts for its construction, has been received and referred finally to this Bureau of which Col. J. F. Gilmer is the Chief. By his direction I write to inform you that your letter with its enclosures has been forwarded for the consideration of Capt. L. P. Grant of the Provl. Engr. Corps who represents the Govt. and on who devolves the duty of causing to be prepared suitable contracts subject to the approval of the Hon. Sec. of War. You are therefore respectfully referred to Capt. L. P. Grant whose address is Atlanta, Geo. 
Very Respectfully Yours
A. L. Rives
Major & Asst. to Chief Engineer