An act approved March 12, authorized cities and towns to raise money by taxation for the support of the families of deceased soldiers; also, families of soldiers discharged for disability.
An act approved April 21, authorized the formation of volunteer companies for military service, to be composed of men over forty-five years of age, who were to be called the State Guard, and be uniformed, armed, and equipped as a majority of each company might decide.
On the fourteenth day of January, the Governor wrote to Thomas D. Eliot, requesting him to forward a copy of the President's message, with the accompanying reports of the Secretaries, and adds,—
When you see or write to your brother, the Rev. Dr. Eliot, of St. Louis, pray give him my respects, and tell him that the subscription for the Western Sanitary Commission is doing quite well.
I saw the book a few days ago, when our Lieutenant-Governor, two Councillors, and a member of my staff, who were present, pu