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Colonel Dudley, who is here mentioned, was a captain in the United-States army,—a Massachusetts man,—and had been commissioned by the Governor colonel of the Thirtieth Regiment.

At this time, the Governor had offered the lieutenantcol-onelcy of the regiment to William S. Lincoln, of Worcester; but, from some cause, a change was made, and William W. Bullock, of Boston, received the appointment, and served with the regiment until ill health compelled him to resign, Nov. 25, 1863.

The following is the answer of the Secretary of War to the letter above quoted:—

This Department recognizes the right of a Governor to commission volunteer officers. If General Butler assumes to control your appointment, or interfere with it, he will transcend his authority, and be dealt with accordingly. The Adjutant-General will transmit to General Butler an order that will prevent his improper interference with your legitimate authority.

Feb. 19.—The Governor telegraphed Hon. John B. Alley, member of Congress,—

The gentlemen said to have been designated by the President, as allotment-commissioners for Massachusetts troops, have received no notice of their appointment. Will you ascertain why, and see that notice is immediately forwarded? Telegraph, if you succeed.

Feb. 20.—The Governor's private secretary, Colonel Browne, writes to Colonel Dudley,—

Governor Andrew directs me to inclose to you the within photographic likeness of the young gentleman, Mr. Joseph W. Morton, of Quincy, of whom he spoke to you, and who is acting as a noncom-missioned officer in the Thirtieth Regiment. He hopes you may find him qualified to be recommended for appointment to a first or second lieutenancy: He is represented to be a person of careful education, extensive travel, and general capacity.

It is proper to state here, that the Thirtieth and Thirty-first Regiments of Infantry, recruited by General Butler in this

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