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[207] Henry Ward Beecher, asking if Brooklyn people will send the companies back. If not, Massachusetts will pay the expense. Also, writes a letter of introduction for William E. Parmenter, Esq., of West Cambridge, to Colonel Howe. Mr. Parmenter went on to see about the West-Cambridge company.

The Governor telegraphs to Colonel Dalton, at Washington, ‘Urge desperately for one more regiment from Massachusetts. It is next to impossible for us to get along without at least one more.’

June 4.—Governor telegraphs to Colonel Dalton, at Washington, ‘Can regiments be received without tents and wagons? Hearing that the Government can't supply them, we contracted, and expect some in a few days, and can forward regiments soon as mustered, and wagons and tents received. Will forward the regiments, and send things afterwards, if permitted.’

June 5.—Governor writes a long letter in answer to one received from Colonel Hinks, of the Eighth Regiment, then in Maryland, who had asked that the regiment might be detained in the service as one of the six regiments asked for the three years service. The Governor declines to entertain the proposition. ‘As the men have a right to come home at the end of three months, and the officers cannot speak for them, they must speak for themselves.’

General,—His Excellency the Governor of Massachusetts orders me to make a detailed statement to you in regard to Cobb's Flying Artillery. Major Cobb raised, drilled, and commanded Cook's Battery, now in service under General Butler; and understands himself.

He has one hundred and fifty picked men, most carefully selected; six pieces rifled and throwing twelve-pound shot and nine-pound shell (concussion), intended to burst on striking a column of men. The principle is beautiful.

Captain Van Brunt, of the ‘Minnesota,’ saw a trial of these guns with shot, and expressed surprise and delight. The trials with shell are pronounced by competent judges to be even more satisfactory, with equal precision, at three and a half degrees elevation, one thousand three hundred and fifty yards' distance, one and a half pounds powder,

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