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[425] of the Governor, wrote to Mr. Gooch, member of Congress, calling his attention to the case of David E. Goodfellow, an enlisted man in the Twenty-first Regiment, who had served under General Burnside in the capture of Roanoke Island, Beaufort, and Newbern, N. C. In January, 1862, he had been detailed by General Burnside to help lay a railroad-track at Annapolis, Md., a business which he was acquainted with. He remained faithful to his duty until he was prostrated with a fever, and received a furlough to come home from Mr. Goddard, who had charge of the Government work. On his recovery, he at once reported at the State House, and asked for transportation back to his post. The Adjutant-General sent him to Colonel Day, U. S. A., who had authority to furnish transportation. Colonel Day refused it, on the ground that Mr. Goddard's furlough ‘was no sufficient authority for the man's absence.’ Captain McKim, the United-States Quartermaster in Boston, also declined to furnish transportation. The State had neither authority nor funds. The Adjutant-General said,—

We have no means of sending him on unless we take the money out of our own pockets; “a thing we have become so used to, that it is difficult now to repeat.” The man is well-behaved, intelligent, and smart, a citizen of Fitchburg, and is anxious to get back to his duty. This is only one of many cases which occur almost daily: shall it continue for ever? The man cannot get back without transportation, is willing to have it deducted from his pay, and, although he has not been paid for ten months, utters no complaint.

The Adjutant-General disclaimed any wish to say a word disparagingly of Colonel Day.

He is an old officer of the army; but he does not understand our people, and is too aged to learn. He will do nothing that is not in the “regulations.” Cannot some discretionary power be given, or are we to “die daily,” like St. Paul, by this adherence to the old rules, made when the army of the United States did not number as many men as the county of Middlesex has sent to this war. Goodfellow is now at the Hancock House at the expense of the Commonwealth. He had either to go there or sleep all night in the Tombs or police station. It is this utter disregard of the rights and amenities of brave and patriotic men that is sapping to its roots the tree of patriotism,

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