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, directing the Adjutant-General to furnish estimates, for the use of the Legislature, of the cost of furnishing 2,000 overcoats, 2,000 blankets, 2,000 knapsacks, and camp equipage for a force of 2,000 men, when in active service. In the House, same day, Mr. Coffin, of Newburyport, reported the Militia Bill in a new draft. Same day, the Governor sent a communication to the House, informing it of the tender of the Sixth Regiment, by Colonel Jones, for immediate service, if required. Jan. 24. In Senate.—A message was received from the Governor, transmitting the proposition from the Legislature of Virginia, for the appointment of commissioners to meet at Washington on the 4th of February, to agree upon a compromise of the national difficulties. Referred to the Committee on Federal Relations, and ordered to be printed. Jan. 26. In Senate.—Mr. Davis, of Bristol, offered this order:— That the Committee on the Judiciary be instructed to forthwith report a bill authorizing <
:— I have the honor to give notice, that Massachusetts assumes, and will pay, her quota of the direct national tax; and I inclose you a copy of the resolve of the General Court, giving me authority to that end. Reference having been made, in the newspapers, to the letter written by General Butler, reflecting upon the personal character of Colonel Powell T. Wyman, of the Sixteenth Regiment, and the answer which the Governor made to it, it would appear that Colonel Wyman, on the 24th of January, wrote to the Governor, as we find a letter written by the Governor, Jan. 27, to Colonel Wyman, from which we extract the essential part:— Nothing contained in General Butler's letter lessens my estimation of your qualities as a soldier and a gentleman; nor, to my knowledge, is there any officer connected with my staff who entertains any other feeling towards you than such as was manifested continually during your intercourse with us, while organizing your regiment. I have heard
which he had committed, and for which he was dismissed, was a letter which he had written reflecting upon what he regarded as the delay of the War Department in the employment of colored troops. The decision originally made by Mr. Stanton could not be reversed, as he regarded the letter of Mr. Copeland as a personal insult. On the second day of February, a letter was written by Mr. George Winslow, of Boston, to the Governor, in which he informs him that the pirate Alabama was reported, Jan. 24, two hundred miles east of Hatteras, steering north; while the Vanderbilt sailed Jan. 30, the same day that the above news reached New York: so the Vanderbilt may have gone to the Gulf. Semmes was reported as having an intention of coming into Massachusetts Bay. Suppose he makes such an impudent dash now, and comes into Provincetown, which he could easily do one of these moonlight nights. The writer then suggests to the Governor to telegraph to Washington to have one of the men-of-war at
employing large numbers of contrabands, and continued during the whole term of their detached service. Captain Leonard was ordered to organize, from among the contrabands then at work, a regiment of engineers, to be known as the First Louisiana Engineers. The regiment consisted of twelve companies, of one hundred men each, and was commanded by Colonel Justin Hodge, U. S. A. It was ordered to Port Hudson, where it took an important part in the subsequent siege of that place. On the 24th of January, Captain Davis and Lieutenant Duncan were detached from the regiment, and ordered to report to the Provost-Marshal-General, Department of the Gulf, where they met with marked success, and were honorably spoken of by the general in command. Quartermaster Burrill was detached to serve as brigade-quartermaster, and attached to the staff, where he served with entire satisfaction, until Colonel Farr was relieved of the command of the brigade. On the 26th of January, five companies, then
by the Governor to call upon Secretary Stanton, and obtain from him permission to have the men accepted. He called upon the Secretary with Senator Wilson; and it appears, from his letter to the Governor, Jan. 21, that the Secretary not only refused to accept them, but received the proposition with a degree of rudeness altogether unexpected and uncalled for. Colonel Browne's letter gives a detailed account of the interview, which, though interesting, we refrain from quoting. On the 24th of January, the Governor wrote to Colonel Browne, acknowledging the receipt of his letter, and commented at considerable length upon the extraordinary character of the language reported by you that was used by Mr. Stanton, in respect to the surplus cavalry men at Camp Meigs. The letter of the Governor is a model of dignified and argumentative statement. He goes over the whole ground in regard to the enlistment of these men, and shows that they were enlisted under proper authority from the War De