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Bureau Refugees, Freedmen, and Aband. Lands,
Office Sub-Comm'r District of Meridian,
Meridian, Miss, January 8', 1867.

Bv't. Major A.W. Preston,
A.A.A. Genl. Bu R.F. and A.L
Vicksburg, Miss.

I have the honor to state that I received yesterday a communication from the Secretary of War, dated November 30', 1866, accompanied by a letter from the Adjt. Generals Office, dated December 29', 1866, informing me of my appointment by the President of the United States, as Second Lieutenant in the Forty-third Infantry (V.R.C.) and directing me to report in person on or before January 10', 1867 to the Board in session in New York City and of which Bvt. Major General C.C. Augur is President.

Owing to the enfeebled condition of my health, however, I am unable to travel at present, and I have therefore forwarded to the Adjt. General of the Army a certificate from the physician who has been attending me, declaring that I am in his opinion, unable to travel in a less period than fifteen (15) days. If in any way possible, I shall leave sooner, and shall notify you in due time. thereof.

I am, Major, very respectfully, 
Your obedient servant,
Henry E Rainals
Capt V R C. Sub-Com. F.B.

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