NCA, RRB 10/26/1863

Graham {N. C.} Oct 26th 1863
Mr John D. Whitford  {President, Atlantic & North Carolina RR}
Dear Sir,
   The Box Car & Flat Car No 5 have both arrived at Goldsboro. Flat Car No 17 is still at the Company Shops N. C. -- Headquarters of the North Carolina RR}. Mr. Sumner {Superintendent, North Carolina RR} thought he would have to have a Bumper cast for this Car. I told him where I thought he could find the old Bumper & the Brake to telegraphy for the Bumper. Mr Sumner promised to have this Car repaired & send it down as soon as possible. Shall I remain here until this Car is repaired & sent down or return immediately.
   I wrote to you yesterday & directed my letter to Goldsboro. I ran Flat Car No 17 attached to a Gravel Train last Friday. I saw Mr Sumner about it Saturday. I ??? it or be several days before the Car is repaired I visit the Shops early every day.
Very Respectfully
W. ?. Metts