UA, NE&SWA 9/15/1863

Mobile, Ala. 15th Sept. 1863
To the Prest of the Ala. & Missi. R. R. R. Co.
Demopolis, Ala.
Dear Sir,
   In Sept. of last year Mr A. Battle then Prest of the N. E. & S. W. Ala. R. R. Co. leased to your Company that portion of the N. E. & S. W. Ala. R. R. lying between Meridian Missi & York Station in Ala., a distance of about 27 1/2 miles. This contract of lease was not only without authority, on the part of Mr Battle, but contrary to instructions. At their first meeting thereafter the Board of Directors of the N. E. & S. W. Ala. R. R. Co. declined to ratify this contract with their President Mr Battle, of which due notice was given to Dr. G. G. Griffin late Prest of your Company.
   It is very desirable, indeed of the highest importance to our Confederacy, that the present status of things be changed. With a view to a settlement as to the past, and some definite and satisfactory understanding as to the future, I propose that we meet in Selma on Saturday next, or if this time & place shall not suit your convenience I will meet you on Monday next at any point you may name on the line of your road.
   This will be handed you by our Chief Engineer Mr G. W. Robinson who will communicate to me your decision.
I have the honor to be
Very Respectfully Yr Obt. Svt.
R. Jemison Jr
Prest. N. E. & S. W. Ala. R. R. Co.