In answer to yours of July 3, I would say, that we are very much in want of recruits. The quota of Nantucket is eighty-two men. I hope they will be got as soon as possible. If you can raise a full company there, so much the better. I inclose you the proper papers. They may be sent to Fort Warren; but no positive assurance can be given, for, as soon as they are mustered in, they are under orders. The company that went to Fort Warren, of which you speak, was a militia company, and is only there for six months. We can garrison the fort all the time with militia companies. What is wanted now is men for the front, as stated in General Order No. 26. Consult with the selectmen and influential citizens, and get the eighty-two men as quick as possible. I will furnish the transportation.To Henry D. Capen, North Hadley,—
In answer to yours of the 7th inst., I would say that General Order 26 calls upon the towns, and every citizen in them, to get recruits; and, if we cannot get them this way, I fear the next step will be a draft.To W. W. S. Oleton, Haverhill,—
We want all the men for Massachusetts quota at once. The quota of Haverhill is two hundred and twelve men. I hope you will do what you can to aid the recruiting; and, if you do, I think you will get a commission. But that lies with the Governor. If qualified, I will do my best for you. I hope the people of the town will take hold, and at once see if they cannot get their quota enlisted. Let me hear from you again.July 9.—To Thomas Allen, Pittsfield,—
Nothing can exceed the patriotic spirit of the people of Pittsfield. The town has already most nobly connected its name with the brightest pages of this war, and now it is the first to take hold in the right way to raise its quota for the new demand. I find that the cities and towns are taking hold with a good will; and I feel very much encouraged that we shall get our quota, not only without drafting, but before any other State has got half its share. Of course, the towns which raise their quota under General Order No. 26 will be exempt from draft, should one be made, which I now believe will not be necessary. The quota of Pittsfield is one hundred and two men,—just a company.