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olonel Ritchie, of his staff, to visit Washington, to confer confidentially with the Massachusetts senators and representatives, and General Scott, in regard to the prospect of a requisition being made for troops, and especially to learn from the general by what route in case of such a call he would wish the troops to be sent, and whether they would have to carry field equipage with them.
He arrived at Washington on the 6th; and, on that evening, wrote to the Governor as follows:—
Washington, D. C., Wednesday, Feb. 6, 1861.
I received your instructions on Monday, at 1 P. M. I found, that, if I left Boston that afternoon, I could get here on Tuesday evening, but too late to attend to any business.
I therefore determined to start on Tuesday morning, which gave me an opportunity of discussing the objects of my mission with Colonel Sargent, who took the same train as far as Springfield, Mass., and enabled me to reach this city this morning by daybreak.
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