On this letter the Governor, in his own handwriting, made the following indorsement:—
Read, approved, and the attention of Messrs. Alley and Dawes is specially called to this matter. All such affairs are immensely injurious to recruiting, and bring the service into popular disrepute.The following letter to William Stowe, Springfield, Jan. 14, by the Adjutant-General, gives the result of this correspondence.
I am sorry to inform you that the Secretary of War will not change his decision. His Excellency received a telegram half an hour ago from Hon. John B. Alley, in which he says the Secretary will not