UA, NE&SWA 11/27/1863

27 Nov 1863
Honl. Milton Brown
Prest M. & O. RR Co.  {Mobile & Ohio RR}
Mobile Ala.
Dear Sir,
   I have had a letter from the War Dept. saying that my letter was "so satisfactory to the Secretary of War, that he would not interfere to prevent a lease to your road or any road we may deem proper. In my letter to the Dept I assured them no lease was contemplated or would be made to any Company that could not & would not afford to the Govt all facilities that had been or could be furnished by the Ala. & Missi R. R. R. Co. of which the Govt could have apple {ample?} assurances & guaranties.
   At a recent meeting of our Board held 4 hurt, I was instructed to demand possession and compensation of the Ala & Missi R. R. R. Co. for which purpose I send a special agent this morning.
   I write that you may be in readiness to run the road in event they may determine to give us immediate possession, which they will no doubt do if they supposed they could embarrass us thereby.
   I will be pleased to hear from you before leaving for Richmond. Will leave in about ten days.
Very Respectfully
Yr. Obt. Svt.
R. Jemison Prest {Northeast & Southwest Alabama RR}