NA, SWT 10/2/1862

Richmond, Octr. 2d 1862
A. S. Gaines
Demopolis, Ala.
   The Government has no right to impress slaves and it must not be attempted. I will telegraph to Governor Shorter and request him to make an appeal to the planters to hire their negroes to the {Alabama & Mississippi Rivers} Rail Road Company.
Geo. W. Randolph
Sec. of War
Sent by telegram