UA, A&MR 7/20/1862

Demopolis, Ala. July 20 1862

A. T. Jones, Esq.
President Shelby Iron Co
   For the last three months we have been soliciting the owners of Govt Works to make us a small quantity of iron plates to perfect the fastenings on our iron rails {probably fish plates -- to connect the ends of two adjoining rails}, which are indispensable before we can run the passenger cars between Selma and Demopolis. My knowledge is rather limited about such matters, but I should think your mill would roll all we want in one or two hours.
   The object of this Letter is to solicit your special attention and indulgence in this matter as we are doing great damage to the road by our running the construction trains over that part of the road not properly fortified, and we are doing violence to the impatience of the public, who are constantly urging the running of the passenger cars.
   You would greatly oblige us by having at an early day the iron rolled that we want, and you would at the same time confer a favor on Selma Demopolis, and on the traveling public.
Very Respectfully
Your obt Servant
G. G. Griffin Prest
Ala & Miss RRR  {Alabama & Mississippi Rivers RR}