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William Jackson Transcript

Office of Oriental Powder Co.
Gunpowder Manufacturers
South Windham
September 2, 1862

Would you oblige me so far as to use your best endeavor with the Governor of this State to have the workman employed by this company in manufacturing gunpowder exempt from draft.

It must be quite obvious, that without powder, war cannot be carried on and that an expert workman in a powder mill is of more service than he would be as a soldier—That is the rule of foreign governments and not an unwise one—our loss of workmen is enough by accident beyond control, and we should not have them taken from us by draft—If you can aid us in this matter you will confer a favor.

William H. Jackson
To Thomas Deblois Esq. Portland