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for these reinforcements seemed to exist. I was assured by distinguished and upright gentlemen of South Carolina that no attack upon Major Anderson was intended, but that, on the contrary, it was the desire of the State authorities, as much as it was my own, to avoid the fatal consequences which must eventually follow a military collision. And here I deem it proper to submit for your information copies of a communication, dated 28th December, 1860, addressed to me by R. W. Barnwell, J. H. Adams, and James L Orr, "commissioners" from South Carolina, and the accompanying documents and copies of my answer thereto, dated 31st December. In further explanation of Major Anderson's removal from Fort Moultrie to Fort Sumter, it is proper to state that, after my answer to the South Carolina "commissioners," the War Department received a letter from that gallant officer, dated on the 27th December, 1860, the day after this movement, from which the following is an extract: "I will