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members, and the compensation of officers of the Senate and House
of Representatives; and

On motion by Mr. Sparrow,

Ordered^ That the further consideration thereof be postponed until
Monda}'^ next.

The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the Whole, the considera-
tion of the bill (S. 134) to increase the maximum rates of compensa-
tion allowed to railroad companies for the transportation of the mails
of the Confederate States; and

On motion by Mr. Hill,

Ordered, That the further consideration thereof be postponed until
to-morrow.

On motion by Mr. Hill,

The Senate resolved into secret legislative session.

The doors having been opened.

The following messages were received from the President of the
Confederate States, by Mr. B. N. Harrison, his Secretary:

KiCHMOND, Va., December 15, 1864-
To the Senate and House of Representatives:

I herewith transmit for your consideration a communication from the Secretary
of the Treasury relative to certain transfers of appropriations required in connection
with the service of his Department.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

Richmond, Va., December 15, 1864.
To the Senate and House of Representatives:

I herewith transmit for your consideration a communication from the Secretary of
War relative to the amount to be appropriated for a purpose for which he has already
submitted an estimate.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

The messages were severally read.

Ordered, That they be referred to the Committee on Finance.

On motion by Mr. Maxwell,

The Senate adjourned.



364 JOURNAL OF THE [Dec. 16, 1864.

SECRET SESSION.

The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the Whole, the consider-
ation of the bill (H. R. 267) to suspend the privilege of the writ of
habeas corpus in certain cases for a limited time.

On motion b}" Mr. Hill, to amend the bill by striking out, section 1,
lines 49, 50, 51, and 52, the words

Of persons seeking to avoid or be discharged from the military service of the Con-
federate States by means of the writ of habeas corpus, unless the writ be issued in
any such case by a court or judge of tlie Confederate States of America,

It was determined in the affirmative.

An amendment having been proposed b}' Mr. Orr,

After debate,

On motion by Mr. Brown,

The Senate resolved into executive session.

EXECUTIVE SESSION,

Mr, Brown, from the Committee on Naval Affairs, to whom was
referred (on the 14th instant) the nomination of >). A. G. Williamson,
to })e ma.ster, in the line of promotion, reported, with the recommenda-
tion that said nomination be confirmed.

The Senate proceeded to consider said report; and in concurrence
therewith, it was

Resolved^ That the Senate advise and consent to his appointment,
agreeably to the nomination of the President.

The following raos.sago was received from the President of the Con-
federate States, by Mr, B. N. Harrison, his Secretar}':

RiCHMoxD, Va., December 15, J864-
To the Senate of the Confederate States:

I herewith transmit for your information a communication from the Postmaster-
General relative to the removal of E. R. Riossat an<l James M. Smythe from office as
postmaster at Alexandria, La., and Augusta, Ga., respectively.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

The message was read.

(h'dei'edy That it be r(^ferred to the Committee on Post-Offices and
Post- Roads.

The foHowing message was received from the President of the Con-
federate States, by Mr. B. N. Harrison, his Secretary:

Richmond, Va., December 15, 1864-
To the Senaie of the Confederate States:

Agreeably to the recommendation of the Postmaster-General, I hereby nominate
the persons named upon the annexed list to the offices designated.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

Post-Office Department, Confederate States of America,

Richmond, December 13, 1864-
To the President.

Sir: I have the honor to recommend for appointment, by and with the advice an<l
consent of the Senate, the following-named persons who were appointed during the
recess of that body:

August 25, 1864, John R. Taylor, Taylors ville, Va.

October 12, 18()4, R. ^I.-Kilpatrick, Alexandria, La., vice E. R. Riossat, removed.

October 22, 1864, Benjamin F. Hall, Augusta, Ga., vice James M. Smythe,
removed.



Dec. 16, 1864.] • SENATE. 365

October 22, 1864, William J. Price, Wilmington, N. C.
October 29, 1864, William Barry, Covington, Ga.

I have the honor to recommend, also, for confirmation by the Senate, the fol-
lowing appointments made since the opening of the present adjourned session of
Congress:

December 2, 1864, G. H. Landon, Salem, Va.
December 2, 1864, William R. Duval, Morganton, N. C.
Very respectfully, vour obedient servant,

JOHN H. REAGAN,

Postmaster- General.

The message was read.

Ordered^ That it be referred to the Committee on Post-Offices and
Po.st-Koads.

The following message was received from the President of the Con-
federate States, b}'^ Mr. B. N. Harrison, his Secretary:

Richmond, Va., December 15, 1864.
To the Senate of the Confederate States:

I herewith transmit for your information a communication from the Secretary of
State, covering further copies of his correspondence with our commissioners abroad,
referred to in my message of the 7th ultimo.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

The message was read.

Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.
The following messages were received from the President of the
Confederate States, by Mr. B. N. Harrison, his Secretary:

Executive Department, Confederate States op America,

Richmond, December 15, I864.
To the Senate of the Confederate Slates:

Agreeably to the recommendation of the Secretary of War, I nominate Powhatan
Lockett, of Alabama, to be a military storekeeper, Engineer Corps, with pay and
allowance of captain of infantry (under act approved February 17, 1864) in the
Provisional Army of the Confederate States of America.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

No. 78.] War Department, Confederate States of America,

Richmond, December 14, 1864-
Sir: I have the honor to recommend the nomination of Powhatan Lockett, of
Alabama, to be a military storekeeper. Engineer Corps, with pay and allowance of
captain of infantry (under act approved February 17, 1864) in the Provisional Army
of the Confederate States of America (an original vacancy), to rank from October 18,
1864.

I am, sir, respectfully, your obedient servant,

JAMES A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War.
To His Excellency Jefferson Davis,

President, etc.

2.] Executive Department, Confederate States of America,

Richmond, December 15, 1864.
To the Senate of the Confederate States:

Agreeably to the recommendation of the Secretary of War, I nominate the officers
on the accompanying list to the grades affixed to their names, respectively.

JEFFERSON 'da VIS.

No. 72.] War Department, Confederate States of America,

Richmond, December 13, 186 4.
Sir: I have the honor to recommend the following nominations for appointment
in the Provisional Army of the Confederate States of America (for distinguished
valor and skill);



866 JOURNAL OF THE [Dee. 16, 1864.

Majors.

Capt. C. S. Land, of South Carolina, to be major Twenty-sixth South CaroHna
Infantry Regiment, vice Major Rowell, resigned, to rank from December 9, 1864.

Capt. C. W. McClammy, of North Carolina, to be major Forty-first North Carolina
Regiment (Third Cavalrv), vice Major Moore, promoted, to ranli from December 9,
1864.

I am, sir, respectfully, your obedient servant,

JAMES A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War.
To His Excellency Jefferson Davis, '

President, etc.

3.] Executive Department, Confederate States of America,

Richmond, December 15, I864.
To the Senate of the Confederate States:

Agreeably to the recommendation of the Secretary of War, I nominate J. W. Allen,
of Missouri, to be a military storekeeper of ordnance, with pay and allowance of
first lieutenant of infantry (under act approved May 1, 1863) in the Provisional Army
of the Confederate States of America.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

No. 84.] War Department, Confederate States of America,

Richmond, December 15, 1864.
Sir: I have the honor to recommend the nomination of J. W. Allen, of Missouri,
to he a military storekeeper of ordnance, with pay and allowance of first lieutenant
of infantry (under act approved May 1, 1863) in the Provisional Army of the Con-
federate States of America, vice Lieutenant Clark, deceased, to rank from June 23,
1864.

I am, sir, respectfully, your obedient servant,

JAMES A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War.
To His Excellency Jefferson Davis,

President, etc.

4.] Executive Department, Confederate States of America,

Richmond, December 15, 1864.
To the Senate of the Confederate States:

Agreeably to the recommendation of the Secretary of War, I nominate the officers
on the accompanying list to the grades affixed to their names, respectively.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

No. 74.] War Department, Confederate States of America,

Richmond, December 13, I864.
Sir: I have the honor to recommend the following nominations for appointment in
the Provisional Army of the Confederate States of America:

Lieutenant-colonel.

Haley INI. Carter, of Louisiana, to be lieutenant-colonel P^ighteenth Louisiana Rat-
talion Cavalry (formed, by special order, of unattached companies), to rank from
November 21, 1864.

Majors.

H. N. Sherl)urne, of Tvouisiana, to be major Eighteenth Louisiana Battalion Cavalry
(formed, l)y special order, of unattached companies) , to rank from November 21 , 1864.
J. S. Terry, of Mississippi, to be major Twenty-third Mississippi Battalion Cav-
alrv (formed, by special order, of unattached companies), to rank from November 21,
1864.

I am, sir, respectfully, your obedient servant,

JAMES A. SEDDON,

Secretary uf War.
To His Excellency Jefferson Davis,

President, etc.



Dec. 16, 1864.] SENATE. 367

5.] Executive Department, Confederate States of America,

RicJanond, December 13, 1864.
To the Senate of the Confederate States:

Agreeably to the recommendation of the Secretary of War, I nominate J. D. Stoney,
of South Carolina, to be second lieutenant Company D, Twenty-seventh South Caro-
lina Infantry Eegiment (for distinguished valor and skill), in the Provisional Army
of the Confederate States of America.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

No. 73.] , War Department, Confederate States of America,

Richmond, December 13, 1864-
Sir: I have the honor to recommend the nomination of J. D. Stoney, of South Caro-
lina, to be second lieutenant Company D, Twenty-seventh South Carolina Infantry
Regiment (for distinguished valor and skill), in the Provisional Army of the Confed-
erate States of America, vice Lieutenant Lance, killed, to rank from December 9, 1864.
I am, sir, respectfully, your obedient servant,

JAMES A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War.
To His Excellency Jefferson Davis,

President, etc.

6.] Executive Department, Confederate States of America,

Richmond, December 15, 1864.
To the Senate of the Confederate States:

Agreeably to the recommendation of the Secretary of War, I nominate the officers
on the accompanying list to the grades affixed to their names, respectively.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

No. 75.] War Department, Confederate States of America,

Richmond, December IS, 1864-
Sir: I have the honor to recommend the following nominations for appointment
in the Provisional Army of the Confederate States of America:

Quartermasters — majors.

E. N. Woodland, of Arkansas, to rank from June 15, 1864.
Douglas West, of Louisiana, to rank from August 8, 1864.
Addison Craft, of jNIississippi, to rank from July 26, 1864.
John Ryan, of Alabama, to rank from June 15, 1864.
M. L. Strong, of Mississippi, to rank from June 15, 1864.

A. J. Hawthorn, of Arkansas, to rank from June 15, 1864.
C. M. Bradford, of Texas, to rank from June 15, 1864.

E. A. Burk, of Georgia, to rank from June 15, 1864.
George Tucker, of Louisiana, to rank from June 15, 1864.
C. W. Gassett, of Tennessee, to rank from June 15, 1864.
G. R. Fair])anks, of Florida, to rank from June 15, 1864.
R. T. Scott, of Virginia, to rank from June 15, 1864.
J. R. Viley, of Tennessee, to rank from June 15, 1864.
R. H. Bigger, of Virginia, to rank from August 26, 1864.

Assistant quartermasters — captairu.

J. J. Brown, of South Carolina, to rank from July 11, 1864.

11. Richardson, of Louisiana, to rank from June 15, 1864.

E. A. Hickman, of Missouri, to rank from July 29, 1864.

John C. Maben, of Virginia, to rank from July 29, 1864.

William F. Bell, of Ke«tucky, to rank from August 3, 1864.

J. M. Hanger, of Virginia, to rank from July 29, 1864.

Charles A. Smith, of Tennessee, to rank from August 6, 1864.

J. S. Richardson, of South Carolina, to rank from August 20, 1864.

P. B. Jones, jr., of Virginia, to-rank from June 15, 1864.

N. T. Green, of "N'irginia, to rank from June 15, 1864.

B. H. Smith, of Virginia, to rank from June 15, 1864.

S. A. Shortridge, of Mississippi, to rank from June 15, 1864.
W. G. Raoul, of Louisiana, to rank from June 15, 1864.
E. C. Payne, of Texas, to rank from June 15, 1864.
P. H. Mayo, of Virginia, to rank from June 15, 1864,
S. W. Morgan, of Tennessee, to rank from June 15, 1864.



368 JOURNAL OF THE [Dec. 16, 18W.

Charles Vidor, of Texas, to rank from June 15, 1864.
W. R. Price, of Virginia, to rank from June 15, 1864.
S. C. Head, of Louisiana, to rank from June 15, 1864.
J. B. Goodloe, of Kentucky, to rank from June 15, 1864. ^

Fred. Emory, of Kansas, to rank from June 15, 1864.
Z. A. Philips, of Mississippi, to rank from June 15, 1864.
James Beaty, of South Carolina, to rank from June 15, 1864.
Frank Arnold, of Georgia, to rank from June 15, 1864.
J. Crockford, of Virginia, to rank from June 15, 1864.
D. H. White, of Tennessee, to rank from June 15, 1864.
W. D. Leiper, of Arkansas, to rank from June 15, 1864.
A. S. English, of Kentucky, to rank from June 15, 1864.
W. D. Douglas, of Texas, to rank from October 15, 1864.
J. W. James, of Virginia, to rank from September 27, 1864.
I am, sir, respectfully, your obedient servant,

JAMES A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War.
To His Excellency Jefferson Davis,

President, etc.

7.] Executive Dep.\rtment, Confederate States of America,

Richmond, December 15, 1864.
To the Senate of the Confederate States:

Agreeably to the recommendation of the Secretary of War, I nominate the officers
on the accompanying list to the grades affixed to their names, respectively.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

No. 70.] War DErAHTMEXT, Confederate States of America,

Rirlniiond, December 14, 1864-
Sir: I have the honor to recommend the following nominations for appointment
in the Provisional Army of the Confederate States of America:

ARTILLERV OFFICERS, FOR ORDNANCE DUTY, INDER ACTS APPROVED APRIL 21, 1862,
SEPTEMBER 16, 1862, AND JUNE 10, 1864.

First lieutenants.

C. H. Luzenburg, of Louisiana, to take rank from July 1, 1864.

H. D. Danforth, of South Carolina, to take rank from July 23, 1864.

Second lieutenants.

A. M. Aiken, of South Carolina, to rank from July 29, 1864.
J. H. Ancrum, of South Carolina, to rank from July 29, 1864.
W. N. Mebane, of North Carolina, to rank from August 22, 1864.
R. \V. Boyd, of South Carolina, to rank from August 24, 18()4.
James M. Wise, of Alabama, to rank from Seiiteml)er 6, 1864.
William Glenn, of Kentucky, to rank from September 22, 1864.
I am, sir, respectfullv, vour obedient servant,

JAMES A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War.
To His Excellency Jefferson Davis,

President, etc.

8.] Executive Department, Confederate States of America*,

Richmond, December 15, 1864.
To the Senate of the Confederate States:

Agreeably to the recommendation of the Secretary of War, I nominate the officers
on tne accompanying list to the grades affixed to their names, respectively.

JEFFERSON DA VLS.

No. 76.] War Department, Confederate States of America,

Ricliniond, December IS, 1864.
Sir: I have the honor to recommend the following nfiminations for appointment
in the Provisional Army of the Confederate States of America:



Dec. 16, 1864.] SENATE. 369

Commissaries — majors.

W. T. Gary, of South Carolina, to rank from July 10, 1864.
James L. Armstrong, of Tennessee, to rank from June 14, 1864.
Horace W. Jones, of Virginia, to rank from August 20, 1864.

D. H. C. Spence, of Tennessee, to rank from September 7, 1864.
T. A. Cromwell, of Tennessee, to rank from November 2, 1864.

C. H. Parmalee, of , to rank from November 2, 1864.

Jos. W. (Jrquhart, of Virginia, to rank from November 5, 1864.

Assistant commissaries — caj^tains.

Lewis E. Harvie, of Virginia, to rank from December 13, 1862.

John M. Strother, of Virginia, to rank from July 9, 1864.

W. W. Meriwether, of Tennessee, to rank from June 15, 1864.

J. J. Blackwell, of Tennessee, to rank from July 26, 1864.

J. H. Devereux, of South Carolina, to rank from July 26, 1864.

W. H. Flynn, of South Carolina, to rank from July 26, 1864.

M. J. Clancy, of Florida, to rank from July 28, 1864.

E. M. Grifhn, of South Carolina, to rank from July 27, 1864.
Robert Burns, of Texas, to rank from June 14, 1864.

J. C. Abranis, of Louisiana, to rank from August 4, 1864.
J. H. Demund, of Georgia, to rank from June 15, 1864.
L. F. Choice, of Georgia, to rank from Jmie 15, 1864.
J. N. Williams, of Georgia, to rank from June 15, 1864.
A. Dawson, of Georgia, to rank from June 15, 1864.
E. G. Pearl, of Georgia, to rank from June 15, 1864.
Jos. S. James, of Virginia, to rank from August 20, 1864.
L. F. Lucado, of Virginia, to rank from June 15, 1864.
Walton Smith, of Arkansas, to rank from June 15, 1864.

J. J. Lock, of , to rank from June 15, 1864.

George W. Long, of Georgia, to rank from June 15, 1864.
James McKay, of Florida, to rank from September 1, 1864.
J. W. Baker, of Alabama, to rank from June 15, 1864.
J. S. Carpenter, of Kentucky, to rank from June 15, 1864.
I. Shelby, jr., of Kentucky, to rank from September 20, 1864.
A. W. Harris, of Tennessee, to rank from October 26, 1864.
W. D. Van Dyke, of Vii'ginia, to rank from November 2, 1864.
I am, sir, respectfully, your obedient servant,

JAMES A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War.
To His Excellency Jefferson Davis,

President, etc.
9.] Executive Department, Confederate States of America,

Richmojid, December 15, 1864.
To the Senate of the Confederate States:

Agreeably to the recommendation of the Secretary of War, I nominate the officers
on the accompanying list (for promotion) to the grades affixed to their names,
respectively.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

No. 82.] War Department, Confederate States op America,

Richmond, December 15, 1864-
Sir: I have the honor to recommend the following nominations for appointment
in the Provisional Army of the Confederate States of America:

CORPS of engineers.

Captains.

J. W. Robertson, of Alabama, to rank from October 19, 1864.
Robert H. Lucas, of South Carolina, to rank from October 19, 1864.
John Postell, of Georgia, to rank from October 19, 1864.
H. A. Pattison, of Tennessee, to rank from October 19. 1864.

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370 JOURNAL OF THE [Dec. 10, 1S64.

First lieutenants.

William Tennant, of South Carolina, to rank from October 19, 1S64.
T. A. Evans, of Florida, to rank from October 19, 1864.
C. G. de L'Isle, of Louisiana, to rank from October 19, 1864.
John M. Searles, of Mississijjpi, to rank from October 19, 1864.
G. 0. Elms, of Mississippi, to rank from October 19, 1864.

Second lieutenants.

H. >L Scale?, of Mispispippi, to rank from July 20, 1864.
W. H. Johnson, of Alabama, to rank from October 19, 1864.
William Hume, of South Carolina, to rank from October 19, 1864.
James D. Harris, of Georgia, to rank from October 19, 1864.
Jos. B. Bond, Georgia, to rank from October 19, 1864. ,
S. W. Hill, of Louisiana, to rank from October 19, 1864.
F. S. Robertson, of Virginia, to rank from October 19, 1864.
N. B. Whitfield, of Alabama, to rank from October 19, 1864.
I am, sir, respectfully, your obedient servant,

JAMES A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War.
To His Excellency Jeffersox Davis,

President, etc.

10.] Executive Department, Confederate States of America,

Richmond, December 15, 1864.
To the Senate of the Confederate States:

Agreeably to the recommendation of the Secretary of War, I nominate the ofiicers
on the accompanying list to the grades affixed to their names, respectively.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

No. 80.] War Department, Confkderate States of America,

Richmond, December 1.5, 1S64.
Sir: I have the honor to recommend the following nominations for ai)point.ment
in the Provisional Army of the Confederate States of America:

military courts.

Members.

Carlos Tracy, of South Carolina, to rank from June 24, 1864.
James K. Bailey, of Tennessee, to rank from July 14, 1864.
Edward Cantwell, of North Carolina, to rank from October 15, 1S()4.
A. R. Boteler, of Virginia, to rank from November 1, 1864.

Judge-advocate.

T. S. Taliaferro, of Virginia, to rank from November 4, 1864.
I am, sir, respectfully, vour obedient servant,

JAMES A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War.
To His Isxcellency Jefferson Davis,

President, etc.

11.] Executive Department, Confederate States of America,

Richmond, December 15, 1864-
To the Senate of the Confederate States:

Agreeably to the recommendation of the Secretary of War, I nominate the officers
on the accompanying list to the grades affixed to their names, respectivelj'.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

No. 77.] War Department, Confederate States of America,

Richmond, December 14, 1864-
Sir: I have the honor to recommend the following nominations for appointment
in the Provisional Armv of the Confederate States of America:



Dec. 17. ISGJ.I 8ENATE. 871

.'.RTILLEKY OFFICEKS, UNDEK ACT 359, VPPItOVEl) .lAXCAUY 22, 1862.

Lieutenant- colonels.

Marshall J. Smith, of Louisiana, to rank from November 2, 1864.
J. W. Atkinson, of Virginia, to rank from December 18, 1862.

Majors.

T. B. Ferguson, of South Carolina, to rank from June 15, 1864.
J. A. A. West, of Louisiana, to rank from August 3, 1864.
J. G. Blount, of Virginia, to rank from October 27, 1864.
I am, sir, respectfullv, vour obedient servant,

' ■ JAMES A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War.
To His Excellency Jeffersox Davis,

President, etc.

12.] Executive Department, Confederate States of America,

Richmond, December 15, 1864-
To the Senate of the Confederate States:

Agreeabh' to the recommendation of the Secretary of War, I nominate James E.
Cuthbert, of Virginia, to be aid-de-camp, with rank of major of cavalry (under act
approved March 25, 1862) in the Provisional Army of the Confederate States of
America.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

No. 83.] War Department, Confederate States of America,

Richmond, December 15, 1864-
Sir: I have the honor to recommend the nomination of James E. Cuthbert, of Vir-
ginia, to Ije aid-de-camj), with the rank of major of cavalry (under act approved
March 25, 1862) in the Provisional Army of the Confederate States of America (for
duty with General Bragg), vice Major Marshall, ajjpointed lieutenant-colonel and
assistant adjutant-general, to date from October 17, 1864.
I am, sir, respectfullv, your obedient servant,

JAMES A. SEDDON,

Secretarij of War.
To Mis Excellency Jefferson Davis,

President, etc.

The messages were severally read.

O/'dej'ed, That the}^ be referred to the Committee on Military Affairs.

On motion by Mr, Brown,

The Senate resolved into open legislative session.

SATURDAY, December 17, 1864.

OPEN SESSION.

A message from the House of Kepresentatives, by jNIr. Dalton:

Mr. President: The House of Representatives have passed a bill (H. R. 283) to
amend an act entitled "An act providing for the establishment and payment of
claims for a certain description of property taken or informally impressed for the
use of the Army," approved June 14, 1864; in which they request the concurrence
of the Senate.

The President of the Confederate States has notified the House of Representatives
that on the 13th instant he approved and signed an act (H. R. 190) concerning the
emoluments and pay of the clerk of the district court of the Confederate States of
America for the eastern district of \'irginia.

And that on the 15th instant he approved and signed an act (H. R. 270) to pro-
■sade for the printing ordered by either House of Congress.

A mes.sage having been received from the President of the Con-
federate States, b}" Mr. B. N. Harrison, his Secretary, in response to
a resolution of the Senate of the 5th instant, calling upon the President



372 JOURNAL OF THE [Dec. 17, 1864.

for certain information in regard to the operation, under the regula-
tions made by the Government, of the act to impose regulations upon
the foreign commerce of the Confederate States to provide for the
public deiense, approved 6th February, 1864;



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