ied by the circumstances in making the strongest appeal to your Excellency's patriotism to aid me in this respect.
I shall beg to rely upon your Excellency to furnish us as rapidly as possible at this point with every arm it may be in your power to provide — I mean small-arms for infantry and cavalry.
I view the matter of such urgent necessity that I send this letter by a special messenger, who will confer freely with you upon this subject.
I am, etc., (Signed)
A. S. Johnston. A. B. Moore, Governor of Alabama.
Executive Department, Montgomery, Alabama, September 23, 1851.
Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of yours of the 15th inst., and, fully recognizing the necessity of speedy and energetic action in the direction contemplated by your letter, regret that it is out of the power of Alabama to afford you any assistance in the way of arms.
Our own coast is threatened with invasion by the Federal forces; and within the last ten days we have been called upo