Besides the mere duty of organizing public demonstrations, he was intrusted, as to the Governor
with a mission of a far more important character.
, being subject to a common State government until 1820, sustained peculiar relations to each other, by similarity of legislation, institutions, and, in later years, of political sentiment.
was intrusted with the whole of the private correspondence with Mr. Adams
before mentioned, and was directed to lay it confidentially before Governor Washburn
; to advise him, that, in Governor Andrew
's judgment, civil war was the inevitable
result of the events going on at Washington
and in the South
; that the safety of Washington
was already threatened; that the policy of the Executive
government of Massachusetts
, under the new administration, would be to put its active militia into readiness at once for the impending crisis, and persuade the Legislature, if possible, to call part of the dormant militia into activity; and to urge Governor Washburn
to adopt the same policy for Maine
on the evening of Saturday, Jan. 5, Colonel Browne
, after an interview with Governor Goodwin
, at Portsmouth
on Sunday, reached Augusta
on Jan. 7, and held his interview with Governor Washburn
By him, Adjutant-General John L. Hodsdon
, and United States Senator Lot M. Morrill
were called into consultation, and the answer was returned, that, ‘wherever Massachusetts
will follow close, if she can't keep abreast.’
Thus Governor Andrew
, on the very day of his inauguration, placed himself in confidential relations with each of the Governors
of New England
, which continued through the entire rebellion, and were of mutual benefit.
On the 6th of January, the day after the inauguration, Governor Andrew
directed the Adjutant-General
to issue General Order No. 2
, which was promulgated the next day, and properly executed on the eighth.