NCA, RRB 11/14/1861

State of North Carolina ---- Executive Department
Raleigh  Novr 14 1861
Col John D Whitford
Dr Sir,
   Will you please to call a meeting of the directors of your road {Atlantic & North Carolina RR} to see about letting the iron go for the gun boats. I dont know what better to do. Let the meeting be called as soon as possible if you please. They are pressing upon me every day and under the doubt and uncertainty attending the completion of the boats. I dont feel at liberty to give the iron without further advise.
Most truly
Z. B. Vance