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Montgomery Alabama
29th of June 1868

Bvt Brig Gen 
O.L. Shepherd
Comdg. Sub Dist Ala

Having been elected Lieut Gov of Alabama and the State having by "act of Congress" been admitted to representation; the duties of my position as a State officer, incident to the inauguration of the new State Government: will preclude the possibility: of my acceptance of the appointment of Agent in the Bureau of Refugees' Freedmen and Abandoned Lands "State of Alabama". I therefore herewith decline acceptance of the Same, the reason hereintofore mentioned. 

I am Sir
Very Respt &c
A.J. Applegate