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Washington his letters to the Governor Secretary Seward's letter letter of Colonel Lee charter of transports John M. Forbes, Esq. meeting in Faneuil Hall meeting in Cambridge speech of Wendell Phillips, Esq., at New Bedford remarks the Pre. Boutwell, of Groton. Hon. Francis B. Crowninshield, of Boston. Theophilus P. Chandler, Esq., of Brookline. John M. Forbes, Esq., of Milton. Richard P. Waters, Esq., of Beverly. These gentleman immediately proceeded to Washington, andted Boston, Feb. 2, 1861, addressed to the Governor, by Colonel Lee, relates a conversation he had held that day with John M. Forbes, Esq., in regard to chartering steamers to be used as transports, which shows that the attention of the Governor had been given to this subject before Colonel Ritchie had returned from Washington:— Mr. Forbes assures me that he and others will have the transports ready as soon as the men can be, waiting until orders come before the vessel is chartered, so as
shington by way of Annapolis. On the day the requisition for troops came to Governor Andrew, he telegraphed, in reply, that the troops would be at once forwarded to Annapolis by sea; to which an answer was received from the Secretary of War, to send the troops by railroad: they will arrive quicker, the route through Baltimore is now open. In consequence of this despatch, the route was changed, and the Sixth Regiment was forwarded by rail, although, through the activity and foresight of John M. Forbes, steamers were in readiness to take the regiment by sea. Had the route not been changed, the bloodshed in Baltimore on the ever-memorable 19th of April would have been avoided. How the Secretary of War could have believed the route through Baltimore was safe, it is difficult to understand, if, as may have been supposed, he was aware of the schemes which were planned in Baltimore to assassinate Mr. Lincoln, when on his way to Washington to be inaugurated, and which were thwarted by the p
call for three Yearsvolunteers letter of John M. Forbes letters received by the Adjutant-General the forts in Boston harbor with militia. John M. Forbes, by direction of the Governor, writes to S Fortress Monroe, purchased and shipped by John M. Forbes, under orders from the Governor:— 60 be made to the valuable services rendered by John M. Forbes at the outbreak of the war. His labors cea war. In a letter of recent date, written by Mr. Forbes, he says:— When the war fairly broke obest means of reaching Washington. While Mr. Forbes, Mr. Upton, and Colonel Borden were active ior, with the advice of the Council, employ John M. Forbes, Esq., to procure proper rations for the s, such vessels as may have been purchased by Mr. Forbes. Senator Grimes, of Iowa, will probably gy Cabot. This was in the cipher arranged by Mr. Forbes, and meant, Two regiments of troops additionued an order on Tuesday for rifling cannon. Mr. Forbes's letter aided very much. I am very truly[5 more...]<
entieth Regiments,—I beg to tender you the homage of respectful and hearty gratitude. Jan. 27.—Governor writes to Edwin M. Stanton, who was recently appointed Secretary of War, in place of Mr. Cameron,— I have the honor to introduce John M. Forbes, Esq., of Boston, one of the most eminent citizens and business men of Massachusetts. He takes great interest in the subject of coast defences, of which Mr. Seward wrote me, last October, but which, I believe, is now in the care of your department. It is very desirable that Massachusetts should act promptly in every way in which her action is needful; and I desire not to be remiss in any duty, but rather to anticipate than delay. Any views imparted to Mr. Forbes would be received for the common good. Same day, to Hon. Salmon P. Chase, Secretary of the Treasury:— 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 th
President great activity in recruiting liberality of John M. Forbes Colonel Maggi town authorities ask Civiliansto be coonel Browne, by direction of the Governor, forwards to John M. Forbes copies of certain papers in relation to supplies furnished by Mr. Forbes to our prisoners of war in Richmond, Va., with information that the Quartermaster-General of the Commonwensaction. Among the letters and papers transmitted to Mr. Forbes by Colonel Browne was the following by Adjutant Peirson r in Richmond, Va., I received a letter of credit from John M. Forbes, Esq., for $1,000. A portion of this money, $475, I exno occasion to draw on the letter of credit furnished by Mr. Forbes. He inclosed a copy of the account of Messrs. Enders, S was voted that the sum expended should be reimbursed to Mr. Forbes, principal and interest. This transaction, although noount, is interesting, as showing the warm sympathy which Mr. Forbes felt in the welfare of our prisoners, the scrupulous hon
ted one thousand dollars ($1,000) of it to this purpose, and gave our friend, Mr. Forbes, a check for that amount. I knew but little of the subject, save that I knewbetween this country and England as to bring on a war with that nation; and John M. Forbes, who was then in London, wrote a letter April 18, upon the subject. He sais. I expect to meet Blakely to-morrow, and shall get some light perhaps. Mr. Forbes then expresses a hope that the American people will pursue a firm but quiet cPeople here base great hopes on Mr. Cobden's coming speech. The letter of Mr. Forbes undoubtedly added to the anxiety of the Governor to have the Government placethe best possible manner. On the fifth day of May, the Governor wrote to John M. Forbes in London, giving him a full and detailed statement of the condition of ourengagements would not permit of it at that time. Some contracts were made by Mr. Forbes in London. Colonel Ritchie, having arranged his business, accepted the appoi
to allow bounties to drafted men refused John M. Forbes in Washington letters to the Governor Heusetts never received the State bounty. John M. Forbes returned from England in the early part ofhe would sell the State at very low prices. Mr. Forbes recommended their purchase. Mr. Forbes thenMr. Forbes then speaks of Colonel Lowell, of our Second Cavalry, who had gone off on a rather dangerous scout on thentre of his brain. On the 21st of July, Mr. Forbes again writes to the Governor in regard to ththem had fixed. The price was very low, and Mr. Forbes regarded them— The six cheapest guns it, will be as much as that of the gulls. Mr. Forbes then gives, at considerable length, an interhings, and hold fast to that which is good. Mr. Forbes concludes his letter by saying,— Nothirnor visited Washington about this time, saw Mr. Forbes and the ordnance officer, and doubtless decificers. The letters, also, in reply, of Mr. John M. Forbes and of Governor Andrew, show equal knowl[3 more...]<
Bureau at Washington had told him that it would assume the guns purchased or contracted for by Mr. Forbes and Lieutenant-Colonel Ritchie on account of Massachusetts, and would pass them through the Cul inquiries was, that no more could possibly be obtained in this country. At this time, Mr. John M. Forbes, being in England, was making inquiries into the possibility of our obtaining any such gun not been promising; and he would not undertake to deliver any more guns within six months. Mr. Forbes, on his own responsibility, contracted with Captain Blakely for two 11-inch guns. On the 28the of ordnance in Europe to the extent of $250,000; and, on the 2d of June, orders were sent to Mr. Forbes, to enter into contract for guns and projectiles in England to that amount. Mr. Forbes accordMr. Forbes accordingly contracted for ten 11-inch and twelve 9-inch rifled Blakelys, to be delivered on or before the 15th of September, and to cost $32,050. It was also provided, that, in case the contractors should
rrow morning's papers, which speaks for itself. I beg you to consider yourself conscripted to act for a while on the Board of Recruitment, and shall confidently expect to see you by arrival of the train tomorrow forenoon. I conferred with Mr. John M. Forbes, who sustained me in my independence in assuming the authority of appointing you without previous conference. I have, in the same manner, conscripted other gentlemen. To Joseph Ricketson, Esq., of New Bedford, on the same day, he teleger No. 27 in the morning papers. Governor Andrew was in Washington in the early part of July; and it was doubtless, in a great measure, through his personal efforts that the act of July 4 was passed. On the 6th of July, he telegraphed to John M. Forbes as follows:— Secretary of War has accepted my proposition, that proper agents appointed by Massachusetts may present men for muster at various central points like Washington, Norfolk, Newbern, Hilton Head, who shall be mustered into any
r of heavy guns, which the Governor wished to have placed in position, with proper earthworks, on Long Island Head. On the 2d of March, the Governor wrote to John M. Forbes, who was then in Washington, inclosing him a copy of some memoranda made by Colonel Browne, of a conversation had with General Totten, in Boston, in September, 1863, which bore directly on the point of the construction of a work on Long Island Head to receive our guns. The Governor asked Mr. Forbes to consider the propriety of getting the Engineer Bureau to design an earthwork for us to erect there at our own cost, with an estimate of the necessary outlay. The Governor said,— Ized, in consequence of the suppression of the Rebellion, which happened a few weeks after the order was issued. On the 13th of March, the Governor wrote to John M. Forbes in relation to the question of currency and a loan to the State, a bill in regard to which was then before the Committee on Finance of the Legislature. He sa