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Precautions on the Southern coast.--The following letter, explaining the necessity for keeping the Parish Guards in South Carolina at home, was found in the rebel camp at Port Royal:

State of South Carolina, Headquarters, May 24, 1861.
to Capt. Stephen Elliott, Jr.--dear sir: In reply to yours of the 17th to the Governor, I am directed to say that the reason why the Sea Coast an Parish companies have not been called into service here, has been because it was distinctly understood to be the desire of the Parishes that their companies should remain to guard and protect their coast, and to keep up a strict police where the negroes were so numerous; for this purpose sabres were given to them — the cavalry — and not given to the up-country companies. Your local companies were required for immediate protection. The Governor begs me to assure you must positively and distinctly, that that was the only reason the Parish companies were not called into service here, and as a matter of course you will at once see the justice of the reasons. The Governor would have most readily called upon you, had this not been the case. Respectfully yours,

F. J. Moses, Jr., Aide-de-Camp and Private Secretary.

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