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such duties in the service as will not require them to shed blood or deprive their fellow men of life: Goldsboro', N. C., July 23, 1862. Dear Sir --A short time since I addressed a note to the Secretary of War, asking if persons belonging to the Society of Friends liable to conscription, could be assigned to duty in hospitals, camps, &c., and received the enclosed letter in reply, which you will please publish for the benefit of those interested. Yours, &c., Wm. T. Dortch. W. W. Holden, Esq. Raleigh, N. C. Confederate States of America, War Department, Richmond, July 19, 1862. Hon. W. T. Dortch, Goldsboro', N. C.: Sir --Your letter of the 14th inst., has been received, in reply you are respectfully informed that the Department has no objection to assign men belonging to the Society of Friends enrolled in N. Carolina, to such duty as is not repugnant to their belief, but it cannot make a general order to that effect. The Department will have to act on in