Copy of a letter from James Neeson to William B. Gallaher.
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Richmond, 25. Nov. 1864
Mr. Wm B. Gallaher
My dear Sir: Your detail has been granted for some days according to the promise made to me before: However, in its official transcription from Camp Lee to the city it has been lost or mislaid, so that after Several days search it cannot be found, though it will doubtless soon turn up. I have been at all the offices and failed so far to find it. Yesterday, after failing (?) in all other efforts, I procured from Capt. Fry, comdt at Camp Lee, the enclosed certificate, showing that you are detailed which is all you need and is in fact equivalent to the formal detail itself. On this you can go where you please: it is the same as the more formal paper. I hope to see you soon, and we shall expect to have you come to our home. I received your letter while I was hunting after your detail. But I have recd no telegram from you. I should have telegraphed and written on yesterday but it was too late in the day when I returned from Camp Lee. Though you have had a protracted anxiety about the detail, you are now happily relieved of it. I am Sure you will be gratified as well as your family. Remember me kindly to your mother, Miss Sallie and the rest of the family. We are just beginning to feel settled. Very res py, [respectfully], yours