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Richmond, Va., 23d July, 1861.
To Gen. L. Thomas, Adj't. General, U. S. A., Washington, D. C. Sir.
--I resign the commission of Colonel in the 2d Regiment of the United States Artillery.

I have the honor to be,

Very respectfully, sir,

Your obedient servant,
M. M. Payne,
Col. 2d Reg't. U. S. A.

P. S.--In the absence of all postal arrangements between the Federal and Confederate States, I am constrained to adopt this unusual mode in giving publicity to my resignation. M. M. P.

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