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Montgomery Alabama 29th of June 1868 Bvt Brig Gen O.L. Shepherd Comdg. Sub Dist Ala Sir, 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