In the letter Lapsley discusses the plans of several businessmen (including himself) to purchase and upgrade the Shelby Iron Works. Before investing in the company, the men want a guarantee that the Confederate government will buy iron for at least...
In the first letter, written January 25, 1916, the men urge Bankhead to work to keep the United States out of the war, though they support the fortification of coastal cities: "Vote for the bills to stop Americans from traveling on beligrent vesels...
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