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[356] His brigade includes four regiments of infantry, all of which, if called for now for nine months, can be filled to maximum, and march by first of September. Exclude the artillery and cavalry of brigade, if you desire only infantry. It will begin a three days encampment, under State laws, next Wednesday. If requisition is made for brigade, this encampment can be continued right on till brigade is ready to march to war. Davis's military capacity is unquestioned. I have thrice offered him colonelcies of volunteers.

All leading merchants here have signed agreement, that their employes who enlist shall resume their employment when returned. I am confident of getting more volunteers and militia this month by enlistments, and by wheeling militia men into line, than conscription could bring in same time. Meanwhile, will be preparing machinery for draft.

Our people want nothing to spur them, but assurance from Washington that the enemy shall be conquered, and right vindicated at all hazards by our arms. They will go, if the flag may but advance with all the principles it symbolizes. The enemy has spurned constitutional rights, and chosen belligerent rights. Let them have one or the other, but not both. They having elected the latter, let us give them full measure. Give us the grand inspiration of duty to country, human nature, and God, and the people are heroic, invincible, and always ready.

The Governor had written a few days before to the Secretary of War, complaining of the delay practised by the United-States officers stationed here in paying the bounties and month's pay to recruits after being mustered in. On the 11th of August, Secretary Stanton telegraphs a reply to this letter, and also to the telegram sent to the President, from which we have quoted,—

Answer to your telegram of the 8th, to the President, has been delayed, in order to obtain information from some other States as to the condition of enlistments. Requisitions for enlistments and bounty funds were delayed some days in the Treasury unavoidably; but I am informed that the amount required for your State has gone forward. I see no objection to making the call upon your State for militia in the manner indicated by you, especially if it will hasten the arrival of troops; but I do not see how we can call for any specific brigade. You can turn over the regiments constituting Davis's brigade as a part of the call. Time is of the utmost importance in the organization.

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