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[341] upon the people with all his power of eloquence and enthusiasm for the cause. We cannot better illustrate the interest felt, and the activity exercised, by the people of the State to recruit and send forward men, than by making a few extracts from letters written by the Adjutant-General in answer to others received by him from gentlemen in all parts of the Commonwealth, asking for recruiting papers and information to guide them in their patriotic work. From the eighth day of July to the first day of August, upwards of five hundred letters were written by him upon this and kindred subjects.

July 8.—He writes to J. N. Dunham, Adams,—

Thanks for your patriotic letter. You will see, by General Order No. 26, in this morning's papers, that your quota is sixty-eight men. Get them as speedily as possible, and I will furnish transportation as soon as notified. Why cannot Berkshire raise a regiment? We must have men at once. Let every good citizen take hold, and give his influence and money to the cause.

To P. W. Morgan, Lee,—

The quota of Lee is thirty-seven men. Raise them; and if you are qualified, and I doubt not you are, a lieutenancy will doubtless be given you; but we must have the men. The influential citizens of the town should take hold with heart and will. You will receive two dollars for every man you recruit. This letter is all the authority you require.

To Moody D. Cook, Newburyport,—

Recruit every man you can; take him to the mustering officer in Salem, and take a receipt for him. After he is mustered into the United States service, you shall receive two dollars for each man. The officer will furnish transportation to Lynnfield. Work, work; for we want men badly.

To Moses P. Towne, Topsfield,—

We require the aid of every man in the State to forward recruiting. You will not need any papers. If you can enlist a man in Topsfield, do it, and I will immediately furnish transportation to Lynnfield. The necessity is urgent. The quota for Topsfield, nineteen men.

To A. Potter, Pittsfield,—

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