In January of 1864, H. I. Libby of Portland wrote to introduce "Mr. Towle," brother-in-law of F.O.J. Smith, a well-known politician; and "Mr. Baxter."
The two men were on their way to New Orleans "hoping to make some money by raising cotton or in some other honest way."
Shepley's files do not contain remarks on the outcome of these requests for assistance.
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