il 23.—The Governor writes a letter to Major-General Wool, introducing William L. Burt, of Boston, who was instructed to get authority to garrison the forts in Boston harbor with militia.
John M. Forbes, by direction of the Governor, writes to Samuel M. Felton, of Philadelphia: Your information about matters at Annapolis received. they can be bought?
Governor to General John E. Wool, commanding Department of the East, New York: I have garrisoned Fort Independence, on Castle Island, in Boston harbor, with a battalion of infantry of one hundred and fifty men; and shall have another battalion of the same strength in Fort Warren, on George's Island, on Mondayome of the letters and telegrams given in preceding pages.
One great point to be gained was authority from the War Department to garrison and man the forts in Boston Harbor, the defenceless condition of which exposed the city to attack, and caused much uneasiness among the merchants, underwriters, and other citizens of Boston.