From the Mississippi Department of Archives and History Governor Alcorn Collection. Letter from Mayor Thomas J. Binford of Duck Hill, Mississippi, to Mississippi Attorney General J. S. Morris, informing Morris that he has made application to be appointed to the office of chancery clerk of Montgomery County, Mississippi, and that he has learned that Dr. E.R. Armstead, a Democrat, has also been recommended. Binford states that Armstead is not a resident of Montgomery County but is from Choctaw County, Mississippi, by way of Texas, and that Armstead has been in Mississippi for a few months. On the reverse, in a note dated June 10, 1871, Morris refers Binford's letter to Mississippi Governor James L. Alcorn. Included is a note from H. F. Hewson, Alcorn's private secretary, giving a summary of Binford's letter.
From the Mississippi Department of Archives and History Governor Alcorn Collection. Letter from Thomas J. Binford to Mississippi Governor James L. Alcorn, Binford who is the Mayor of Duck Hill, Mississippi, informs Governor Alcorn that the board of Aldermen have a vacancy and requests that J. M. Westin be appointed to the position.