M346 Richmond & Danville Railroad file, Reel #858

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From M346 “Richmond & Danville Railroad” file, Reel #858

Confederate States
Quartermaster’s Department
Railroad Bureau
Richmond July 5th 1864

General,

The Richmond & Danville and Piedmont Railroad Companies have been compelled to pay the most exorbitant prices for cars and locomotives to perform the Government transportation. This unexpected advance is so great that the rate now paid for Govt work does not compensate them and I have been compelled to offer an increased tariff to meet their enlarged expenses.

I have proposed, and L. E. Harvie Esq, President of both these roads agrees to a tariff (50%) fifty per cent in advance of the Columbia rates established on the 13th April last to take effect on 1st May.

Your approval of the agreement is respectfully asked. If the Road is subject to the interruption of raiding parties these prices will be insufficient as the rent of the machinery continues, while it is earning comparatively nothing. But for the present, the rates proposed will be satisfactory.

I am General

Very Respectfully
Your Obt Servt
(signed) F. W. Sims  Lt. Col. & Q. M.

Brig Genl A. R. Lawton
Q. M. Genl.

[Endorsement]

Q. M. Genl’s Office
Richmond July 7 ‘64

The increases recommended is approved.

(signed) A. R. Lawton
Q. M. General

 

 

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