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Benjamin J. Sanford to Governor Francis R. Lubbock, February 8, 1862

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Benjamin J. Sanford to Governor Lubbock, February 1862

Wharton Tex. Feb. 8th 1862

Governor Lubbock.

Within the last few
days I had made arrangements with
a few of the Planters of this and Mat-
agorda County to ship their cotton
to Mexico and probably from there to
Cuba and on the Eve of my departure
I learned that cotton could not
be shiped [sic] across the Rio Grande with
out an especial permit from you.
I do not question the wisdom of this
course, and only hope that you
will grant me the same priviledge [sic]
that you have others viz to ship
into Mexico[.] I wish to bring as
a return cargo principally fire
arms and munitions of war quinine
and other articles of necessity for
the want of which this portion of
the State Suffered severely the last
Season. I will accompany the
cotton and my chief aim will be
to see that not a Bale finds its
way to Federal Forts, as I will
sell to none unless they are agents

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Benjamin J. Sanford to Governor Lubbock, February 8, 1862. Records of Governor Francis R. Lubbock, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

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