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^[[Ch.]]
[[preprinted]] Treasury Department, 
Office of Internal Revenue,
Washington, ^[[Jan. 3rd]], 186 ^[[7]]. [[/preprinted]]

Sir, 

I reply to your letter of the 2nd instant, that if the person who is solemnizing the marriage is a United States officer and issues the certificate in the discharge of his official duties, or if the certificate is to be returned to some public officer to constitute part of a public record, no stamp is necessary, but if it is to be delivered to and returned by the parties, a five cent stamp should be affixed.

Very Respectfully
[[signature]] N. Haviland [[/signature]]
Deputy Commissioner

A. K. Boone Esq.
Solicitor B. R. F. & A. L.
No. 476 Seventh St.
Washington, D.C.

Mr. Kimball
I regret Gen. Rollins did not act upon this himself as I had the interview with him but if this is not right I will take it to him again.
Yours &c
[[signature]] AKB. [[/signature]]

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