territory; if this is not practicable, means must be sought for further shipments from any and all sources which are reliable.
At the arsenal at Washington you will find an artisan named —, who has brought the cap-making machine to its present state of efficiency, and who might furnish a cap-machine, and accompany it to direct its operations.
If not in this, I hope you may in some other way be able to obtain a cap-machine with little delay, and have it sent to the Mount Vernon Arsenal, Alabama.
We shall require a manufactory for friction-primers, and you will, if possible, induce some capable person to establish one in our country.
The demand of the Confederate States will be the inducement in this as in the case of the powder-mill proposed.
A short time since, the most improved machinery for the manufacture of rifles, intended for the Harpers Ferry Armory, was, it was said, for sale by the manufacturer.
If it be so at this time, you will procure it for this Government, a