bt much whether they relied upon our statements, for on March 7th Mr. Welles, Secretary of the United States Navy, wrote to Captain John Marst delay.
This order was modified by telegram of March 8th from Secretary Welles to Captain Marston, as follows: The Assistant-Secretary of theMerrimac.
She arrived at Fort Monroe at 9 P. M. of March 8th. Secretary Welles had telegraphed Commodore Paulding at the New York yard March ity of disobeying, and kept the Monitor in Hampton Roads.
Had Secretary Welles' order been obeyed, the Merrimac on the 9th would have capturely repress a smile in reading the Federal telegrams of that day.
Secretary Welles of the United States Navy, reports Mr.Secretary Welles of the United States Navy, reports Mr. Stanton, Secretary of War, as saying in a Cabinet meeting, called in consequence of the destruction of the Cumberland and Congress on March 8t of the Merrimac by the Monitor in the engagement of the 9th, Secretary Welles wires the Assistant-Secretary of the Navy at Fort Monroe, The