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[267] muster-rolls had been received by the Adjutant-General from the corps said to have been recruited by General Butler. No assurance had been received from Washington, that the men had been mustered in, and credited to the contingent of the State.

On the 27th of November, Major Strong, chief of staff to General Butler, forwarded to the Adjutant-General of the State a list of officers which had been adopted by General Butler for ‘a company known as the Salem Light Artillery,’ with a request that they be commissioned by the Governor.

On the 17th of December, General Butler wrote to the Governor, calling his attention to the letter of Major Strong, with a request that he might be favored ‘with a reply whether he will or will not commission the officers therein named.’ General Butler also claimed, that the company ‘was raised under the authority of the State, and with His Excellency's approval.’

By direction of the Governor, Colonel Browne replied on the same day to this communication, that it was the intention of the Governor ‘at a proper time to appoint and commission suitable officers for the battery; but that he was not advised of their intended removal from the Commonwealth, nor was any request made for such appointments, either from the company or from the acting officers, or from any source, until eight days after the whole company had been removed from Massachusetts, when the Governor was requested by Major Strong to commission certain persons, on the ground that they had been elected by the company, as it was said. But the company was gone. None of its rolls having been deposited in the office of the Adjutant-General, there was no means of identifying its men.’

The letter further states, that the responsibility of appointing suitable officers rests with the Governor, and that, as regards one of the persons recommended, ‘the information received by the Governor is, that his character is such as to render him unfit for appointment.’

The Governor further stated, that he was desirous of commissioning officers for the battery, ‘and would be glad to ’

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