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[592] with and receive instructions from this department, and consider yourself as the Commander-in-Chief of the forces within your department. I do not wish to be understood as restricting General Lee's functions; they continue as heretofore.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

Geo. W. Randolph, Secretary of War.

Cullum's Springs, Bladon, Ala., July 16th, 1862.
To the Editors of the Mobile Evg. News, Mobile, Ala.:
Gentlemen,—Your article of the 15th instant, entitled ‘Mischief Makers,’ has just been called to my attention. I fully approve your remarks, deprecating the attempts of friends or foes to make invidious distinctions between generals now gallantly defending our cause and country, or to excite feuds and animosities among them, especially between General Bragg and myself—a personal friend, of whom I know not a superior in our service. If untrammelled, rest assured he will leave his mark on the enemy, and add several bright pages to the history of this revolution. I am, indeed, most happy that the command of the Western Department has fallen into such able hands. As regards the action of the President, relieving me of that command, not having anything to say in justification of it, I shall remain silent.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

P. S. The above is not intended for publication.

Headquarters, near Tupelo, July 17th, 1862.
To John Forsyth, Esq., Mobile, Ala.:
My dear Sir,—It has been a settled policy of my life to allow my acts to speak for themselves, and, so far, I have no cause of complaint at the position, public and private, they have assigned me, and especially has it been my will to avoid discussions in the public press; but it is no departure from that rule to return you my cordial and heartfelt thanks for the sentiments expressed in your article of the 15th on ‘Mischief Makers,’ so far as relates to the positions, personal and official, of General Beauregard and myself. Whoever attempts to disturb those cordial relations will only incur the contempt of both. No two men living ever served together more harmoniously or parted with more regret, and few men possess my confidence and esteem to the same extent, as a general and a gentleman. None of us are free from our faults and weaknesses, but among mine will never be found a jealousy which would detract from so pure a man and eminent a general as Beauregard. No one could have been more surprised at the order assigning me to his command than myself, and certainly the idea of my being a ‘pet’ with any part of the administration is laughable. General Beauregard has never been physically equal to the labors of his position since I joined him in March last, and has often said to me he could not get on with its labors without the cordial and earnest assistance I gave him. Our intercourse was daily, free, unrestrained, and as harmonious as if we had been brothers. Upon the urgent appeal of his physicians, after arriving here, where it was supposed we should not be assailed by the enemy for a few weeks, he retired

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