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[556] a blank to the regiment to have the error corrected. This has been done in more than two thousand cases; and I shall continue so to do, notwithstanding the order of the War Department, that the muster-rolls shall in all cases govern credits.

I know that the Adjutant-General, and those in his office, have been most unjustly treated by the articles in the Vineyard Gazette, and by the convention which met in this city this week; yet I have declined to answer the accusations, for, although I have been an editor of a daily paper for twenty years, I have a strong repugnance to appearing in print. Besides this, I have the inward consciousness that I have done my duty faithfully and honestly.

I have made this statement, because, in the opinion of your Excellency, some notice should be taken by me of these matters. There is much more I could say. In conclusion, I would respectfully sum up what I regard the real cause of the evils complained of, and the remedy to be applied to them. The cause has been the free use of money in trading with brokers and swindlers; and the remedy is, not to pay a cent of bounty or premium until the recruit is mustered in, and then to pay it to the recruit, and not to the broker.

I have the honor to be your Excellency's obedient servant,

William Schouler, Adjutant-General.

This letter was published, by direction of the Governor, in the Boston newspapers, and was copied generally throughout the State. It put an end to the controversy; and the Adjutant-General had the satisfaction of receiving letters from a number of members of the convention, acknowledging their mistake, and regretting the injustice which the convention had done to that officer.

In the first six months of the year, the following new regiments were organized, and sent to the front—

The Fifty-sixth, Colonel Charles E. Griswold, was organized at Readville, and left the State March 20.

The Fifty-seventh, Colonel William F. Bartlett, was organized at ‘Camp Wool,’ Worcester, and was sent forward April 18.

The Fifty-eighth, nine companies, was recruited at Readville, and was sent to the front, under command of Lieutenant-Colonel John C. Whiton, April 28.

The Fifty-ninth was recruited at Readville, by Colonel Jacob P. Gould. It left the State April 26.

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