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tted her,—the arming of the blacks. It was a movement which went on almost simultaneously in different directions and on widely various lines, but by a curious fatality every one of those lines passed through the hands of a Massachusetts man. Negroes had long been employed in the navy, Ammen's The Old Navy and the New, p. 368. but it is probable that the first direct proposal looking toward the enlistment of colored men was in a letter from Governor Andrew to the Secretary of War, April 25, 1861, in which he says, Will you authorize the enlistment here and mustering into the United States service Irish, Germans and other tough men, to be drilled and prepared here for service? Schouler, I, 122. It is difficult to tell what these lines mean, which were underscored in the original letter, if they do not refer to the negroes. It was, moreover, the State of Massachusetts which, in advance of all others, debated in its Legislature resolutions urging upon the general government t