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Doc. 52.-instructions of Gen. Banks.

Headquarters Department of Annapolis, June 27, 1861.
To Col. Kenly, Provost Marshal--
Sir:--My attention has been called to a resolution, purporting to have been this day passed by the late Board of Police Commissioners, expressing the opinion that “the suspension of their functions suspended at the same time the operations of the police law, and puts the officers and men off duty for the present.” 1

You will take special notice. sir, that by my proclamation of this day, neither the law nor the officers appointed to execute the laws are affected in any manner whatever, except as it operates upon the members of the Board of Commissioners and the Chief of Police, whose functions were and are suspended. Every part of the police law is to be enforced by you, except that which refers to the authority of the Commissioners and Chief of Police, and every officer and man, with the exception of those persons above named, will be continued in service by you, in the positions they now occupy, and with the advantages they now receive, unless one or more shall refuse to discharge their duties.

If any police officer declines to perform his duty, in order to avoid the anarchy which it was the purpose of the Commissioners to bring upon the city, by incorrectly stating that it had been by my act deprived of its police protection, you will select, in conference with such of the public authorities as will aid you, good men and true to fill their places and discharge their duties.

You will also take especial notice that no opinion, resolution, or other act of the late Board of Commissioners, can operate to limit the effective force of the Police law, or to discharge any officer engaged in its execution. If any provision of the law fails to be executed, it will be from the choice of the city, and if any officer, except such as are hereinafter named, leave the service, it will be upon his own decision.

You will cause these rules to be made known as the rule of your conduct.

I repeat my declaration and my purpose — no intervention with the laws or government of the city whatever is intended, except to prevent secret, violent, and treasonable combinations of disloyal men against the Government of the United States.

I am, Sir, very truly yours, &c.,

1 See Diary of Events, page 9; June 27.

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