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On the same day, he telegraphed to Hon. D. Waldo Lincoln, Mayor of Worcester,—

Will you oblige me by coming to Boston to-morrow morning? See General Order No. 27 in the morning papers.

Governor Andrew was in Washington in the early part of July; and it was doubtless, in a great measure, through his personal efforts that the act of July 4 was passed. On the 6th of July, he telegraphed to John M. Forbes as follows:—

Secretary of War has accepted my proposition, that proper agents appointed by Massachusetts may present men for muster at various central points like Washington, Norfolk, Newbern, Hilton Head, who shall be mustered into any regiments of the State or United States, as the case may be, and credited to Massachusetts. Secretary promises friendly co-operation in executing the purpose of the statute. He will only refuse to muster in those men actually being employed by his officers in Government service. Orders will be written out tomorrow conformably.

We have already stated that he had arranged in Washington with Secretary Stanton, that the naval credits due Massachusetts should be made under the supervision of himself and ex-Governor John H. Clifford. On his return home, the Governor addressed the following letter, dated July 11, to ex-Governor Clifford, New Bedford:—

Among the purposes of my visit last week to Washington, happily accomplished, was the adoption of a method ripened into a convenient order for the adjustment of the naval credits due to Massachusetts in compliance with a plan for ascertaining and awarding them, which I suggested to Mr. Stanton in person. The naval rendezvous for Massachusetts are in Boston and New Bedford. I wish to have a voice in the matter myself, because we have at the State House a good deal of material prepared for use in establishing and verifying these credits; and I thought the other commissioner ought to be found in New Bedford. I therefore suggested your name to Mr. Stanton, which he accepted with the highest satisfaction. I hope you will not decline to “lend a hand” in this matter, and that I shall hear from you very soon in acceptance.

The adjustment of the navy credits was not the only good

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