Washington, D. C.

June 8, 1904

Register and Receiver,
Woodward, O. T.

The Secretary of the Interior having approved the reappraisal of the lands in the Fort Elliott abandoned military reservation, in Texas, you will, on the date fixed for the sale, proceed to the ground with the necessary papers, and after offering the flag-staff, you will proceed with the offering of the lands by quarter sections of one hundred and sixty acres each in the order in which they appear on the inclosed list which shows the appraised valuation of said lands. If the flagstaff is not sold separately you will again offer it with the land on which it is situated.

When the NW1/4 of Sec. 55 is reached, you will notify the bidders that so much of the NWl/4 of NWl/4 of this subdivision as is occupied as a cemetery, about one acre, and inclosed with barbed wire fence with iron posts, is reserved and will not be sold.

These lands are to be sold to the highest bidders, at not less than the appraised price.

Upon payment by the purchaser of the amount of his bid, the Receiver will issue his receipt in duplicate, and the Register will issue a cash certificate, such certificates and receipts to be numbered in consecutive order beginning with No. l, designating them on the papers and abstracts as Fort Elliott reservation series. In issuing receipt and certificate for the NW1/4 Sec. 55, you will be careful to make the exception of the one acre reserved above.

The sale concluded, you will make a report to this office of the result thereof.

Further instructions will be given you in regard to your monthly and quarterly reports and your disbursing and other accounts in connection therewith.

Notices of the offering have been sent to The Bullet, Woodward, O.T., The St. Louis Globe Democrat, St. Louis, Mo., and the Sunday edition of The Record, Fort Worth, Texas, for publication, the date of the offering being fixed for September 8, 1904.

Very respectfully,

W. N. Richards
Approved: E. A. Hitchcock

(Webmaster's note: When deed was executed no reservation of cemetery was included.)

Webmaster's note:  All spelling is true to the original documents.