Fervently devotional to the cause of our country and to the great interests of our country and of the great interests of posterity as well as our own time, and cordially in earnest in the support of the honor and success of your Administration, the people of Massachusetts are ready for the amplest and promptest obedience to your commands.
The above letter was inclosed in one to Mr. Foster
, the Attorney-General
of the State
, who was in Washington
He was requested to call upon the President
and deliver it to him, and to exert his power and influence to have matters properly adjusted and permanently settled.
A number of ladies of Cambridge
formed a society to work for the soldiers.
They requested Professor Washburn
, of the Law School, to communicate their purpose to the Governor
, who wrote, May 3, in acknowledgment of the offer as follows:—
In glancing over the list of their names, I realize most completely how deep a hold the cause, in behalf of which those troops are mustered, has upon every social class in our community; that there are no hands in Massachusetts too delicate to contribute something to the work.
Almost the next letter which I opened, after breaking the seal of yours, was from a poor needle-woman, saying she had but little, but desiring to give something from that little in the same behalf; and surely a cause which so appeals both to the garret and the drawing-room cannot be other than national and just.
May 4, Governor writes to J. Amory Davis
of the Suffolk Bank,—
Please read the within.
We shall have an extra session of our Legislature on Tuesday, May 14.
Will the banks of Massachusetts take $5,000,000 of United-States loan at par?
If not,—supposing that the Legislature of Massachusetts should authorize a loan of $5,000,000 to the United States,—would the banks lend that amount to this Commonwealth?
They have already offered it more than $6,000,000. Will you confer on this subject with the gentlemen upon State Street? I should like to see you, and any others who will take an interest in this subject, at your first convenience.
This brings the correspondence of the Governor
to the day when orders were issued by the War Department, that no more three months regiments would be accepted.
On the 3d of