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Doc. 237.-Governor Letcher's orders for destroying Roads and bridges. Richmond, Va., May 25, 1861. Dear Sir :--When you get matters in proper condition at Grafton, take the train some night, run up to Wheeling and seize and carry away the arms recently sent to that place by Cameron, the United States Secretary of War, and use them in arming such men as may rally to your camp. Recover the State arms also recently seized by the malcontents at Kingwood. It is advisable to cut off tels truly, John Letcher. Col. Porterfield, Grafton, Va. The following is a letter written by Porterfield, in pursuance of the above instructions, to Col. W. J. Willey, whom the Federal troops now have a prisoner at Phillippi: Grafton, May 25, 1861. Dear Colonel: From information just received, it is essential to the safety of my command that the bridges be destroyed as far west as possible. You will please proceed on the next train, and have it carried into effect without delay.