NA, SWT 6/30/1862

Richmond June 30th 1862
Honble F. S. Lyon
   I have telegraphed to Genl. B. Bragg that he may take charge of the Selma & Meridian connection. As the Act of Congress requires the advance to be made to the Ala. & Miss. {Rivers} R. R. they must execute the security and receive the money and may disburse it under Genl. Bragg's orders. They should therefore send on their Mortgage, properly certified by A. S. Gaines as sufficient and send a special agent with a power of attorney to receive the money. Unless this is done delays will still be encountered for which they alone will be responsible.
G. W. Randolph
Sec. of War
Sent by telegram