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[534] the Springfield companies, because, at the time when the men were recruited, the refusal of the Government to allow them the bounty to which they were clearly entitled, both by the law of Congress and the orders of the War Department, created a wide-spread dissatisfaction, and served for a time as a block upon the recruiting service in the State, and at a time, too, when men were most wanted, and it was of the highest importance to cultivate a kind regard in the hearts of volunteers, and the people generally, for the cause of the Union. It was also of special importance to the city of Springfield that the men should be accepted, and thus form a part of a large contingent which that city had to furnish under the call of the President for volunteers. It is from incidents of this kind that much of the historic interest of each State in the war is derived.

We have already given the letter of Miss Philena M. Upham, transmitting a scrap-book which she had made, which, in our judgment, was one of the pleasant reminiscences of our great, active war. We have also given the letter of the Governor to Senator Sumner, requesting him to give the scrap-book to the Amory-square Hospital, to be first read by Miss Anna Lowell. We find on the Governor's files a letter of Jan. 9, to Miss Upham, in which he says,—

I trust that you will not attribute to me any want of appreciation of the thoughtful kindness which prompted you to prepare with such pains the manuscript volume for the use of convalescent soldiers, which you had the kindness to forward to me a few days ago.

I avail myself of the earliest moment of leisure from the labors of preparation for the meeting of the Legislature, to return to you, in behalf of those whose weary hours the pages of your book will amuse and instruct, my most sincere thanks for this real labor of love.

I have forwarded it, through the Hon. Charles Sumner, to Miss Anna Lowell (a sister of Colonel Charles R. Lowell, Second Massachusetts Cavalry), who is in charge of the Amory-square Hospital, in Washington; a lady whose intelligence will insure for your gift the warmest appreciation, and who will put it to the best uses.

Gratefully acknowledging your gift, as I do every contribution that may conduce in any way to the welfare, the comfort, or the amusement of our soldiers in camp or in the hospitals, I have the honor to be, &c.

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