General Cooper will not inspect. I asked him to inspect the books and papers, but he said he would not have time. I had a long talk with him on general subjects. He was surprised to find that but one copy of the Order No. 1 had been received. There is an Order No. 2 out, he says, about sending persons to recruit up the companies. Hoping that you are better to-day, I will ride over in the morning for your Orders. Thanks for the socks. Yours truly, Orders No. 1. It directs you, by name, to act in accordance with that order in case of Captain Fowler, whose company had re-enlisted.
Summers House, Jan. 17th, 1862.Dear General,—Under cover to you came this morning packages addressed to all the colonels of the Army of the Potomac, of both corps and the reserve, and which packages were severally addressed care of ‘General Beauregard.’ Now these packages I know to contain the orders about re-enlistments and recruitment. I found in the package a number of loose copies of both orders-copies of which I enclose for your files. This is another marked instance of the determination at Richmond to hold you as the commander of the A. P. I think no copies of these orders have come either for General Johnston or Smith, G. W. and Kirby. It might be well for me to enclose to General Johnston (unofficially) the two orders, and state the circumstances of the receipt of these packages; or, you could do it. I send you a paper for General Hill. I also send a package of envelopes which I had ready done up to send you, when your message was delivered. The pencils were sent at request of Colonel Chisolm. Yours truly,
Summers House, Dec. 27th, 1861.Dear General,—It is so bitter cold in the wind, to-night, that I shall not go over. I would have gone over this morning, to consult your wishes as to some office matters; but, just as I was about to leave, I was informed you were not at home. I submit to your consideration the rough note of a letter to General Johnston, on a subject really of importance. The War Department persistently ignore the existence of corps commands, and address you as Commander of the ‘Potomac District.’ General Johnston does not give you the district command, and you cannot assume it; but he never, in orders, gave you the corps command. You took the designation yourself. In view of the action, and repeatedly expressed wishes, of the War Department, I submit that you should drop the designation of Headquarters 1st Corps, and inform General Johnston of the fact. It