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[142] opinion, not so desirable as either of the others, unless some new arrangement arises.

I should strongly recommend some prompt action as to the first two vessels, if you knew the emergency as I do, and are willing to take the responsibility.

The money for the ‘Cambridge’ ought to be appropriated immediately, and orders given as to the name in which she shall stand registered,—perhaps two trustees, one to represent the State, and one the individual subscribers.

With much respect, your obedient servant,

N. B.—I do not think the merchants ready, at this moment, to share in the third vessel,—the side-wheel steamer.

On the same day, the letter was referred by the Governor to a committee of the Executive Council, who reported that ‘the Committee authorize the Governor to procure, on the basis of the letter, two steam-vessels, the State to take one half and the underwriters the other, to be managed as armed transports to convey troops and stores, and, when not so used, as a coastguard or despatch vessels.’ These vessels were immediately purchased,—the ‘Cambridge’ at a cost of $75,000, and the ‘Pembroke’ at $30,000. The outfit of the ‘Cambridge’ cost $10,000. The Council also ordered, ‘that the Governor, with the advice of the Council, employ John M. Forbes, Esq., to procure proper rations for the supply of four thousand men in service for thirty days, to be furnished immediately.’

Mr. Boutwell arrived at Washington on the 28th of April, and, on the evening of that day, wrote the following interesting letter to Governor Andrew, which was the first satisfactory communication he had received from Washington since the regiments had left the State:—

Washington, April 28, 1861.
To His Excellency Governor Andrew.
Sir,—I arrived in Washington to-day, after a journey of forty-eight hours from Philadelphia by Annapolis. There have been no mails from the North for a week; and you may easily understand, that the mighty public sentiment of the Free States is not yet fully appreciated here.

The President and Cabinet are gaining confidence; and the measures of the Administration will no longer be limited to the defence of the

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