Doc. 93 1/2.--Gov. Hicks and Gen. Butler.The correspondence between the Governor of Maryland and the commander of the Massachusetts troops:
To which Gen. Butler replied as follows:Executive Chamber, Annapolis, Friday, April 23, 1861.Sir: Having, by virtue of the powers vested in me by the Constitution of Maryland, summoned the Legislature of the State to assemble on Friday, the 26th instant, and Annapolis being the place, in which, according to law, it must assemble; and having been credibly informed that you have taken military possession of the Annapolis and Elk Ridge Railroad, I deem it my duty to protest against this step; because, without at present assigning any other reason, I am informed that such ocupation of said road will prevent the members of the Legislature from reaching this city. Very respectfully yours,
Headquarters U. S. Militia, Annapolis, Md., April 23, 1861.You are credibly informed that I have taken possession of the Annapolis and Elk Ridge Railroad. It might have escaped your notice, but at the official meeting which was had, between your Excellency and the Mayor of Annapolis, and the Committee of the Government and myself, as to the landing of my troops, it was expressly stated as the reason why I should not land, that my troops could not pass the railroad because the company had taken up the rails, and they were private property. It is difficult to see how it can be, that if my troops could not pass over the railroad one way, the members of the Legislature could pass the other way. I have taken possession for the purpose of preventing the execution of the threats of the mob, as officially represented to me by the Master of Transportation of the railroad in this city, “that if my troops passed over the railroad, the railroad should be destroyed.” If the Government of the State had taken possession of the road in any emergency, I should have long hesitated before entering upon it; but as I had the honor to inform your Excellency in regard to another insurrection against the laws of Maryland, I am here armed to maintain those laws, if your Excellency desires, and the peace of the United States, against all disorderly persons whatsoever. I am endeavoring to save and not to destroy; to obtain means of transportation, so that I can vacate the Capital prior to the sitting of the Legislature, and not be under the painful necessity of incumbering your beautiful city while tho Legislature is in session. I have the honor to be, very respectfully, Your Excellency's obedient servant,
To His Excellency Thomas H. Hicks, Governor of Maryland:B. F. Butler, Brig.-Gen.