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[426] and making recruiting almost an impossibility. Please show this letter to Senator Wilson and such of your colleagues as you may think best, and let me hear from you as soon as possible.

Many of the authorities of the cities and towns will never forget the repulses which they met, and the vexations they underwent in recruiting, during the time Colonel Day represented the military authorities of the nation at this post. And yet he was an honest and brave officer; but he was wholly unused to transact business, except as specified in general orders and army regulations. Goodfellow finally reached his regiment by transportation furnished by orders from Washington. We give this case as one of a class.

Here is another class of cases, of which there were a great number:—

To his Excellency.

The case of George M. Dixon is this: He enlisted in the Tenth Battery (Captain Sleeper) on the 16th of August, and was sent to camp, where he remained until the 9th of September, when he was mustered into service. He has been paid from the time of muster in, but has received nothing for the one month (lacking five days) he was in camp previous to that time. It is for this time that he claims pay; but as no provision of law, and no appropriation of money, has been made to meet such cases, I do not see how he can be paid. There are thousands of cases existing similar to this. I think, if a gratuity of ten or fifteen dollars was made to him, he would be satisfied. He is a painter by trade, and can get work; but he is not well enough to work at present. While I was writing the above, Mrs. Abbott, of East Boston, came to see me on a case precisely similar. Her husband is in the Tenth Battery. He enlisted on the 16th of August, and was mustered in on the 9th of September. Mrs. Abbott has three children, and has received no money since the battery left the State. I think her case is as deserving as the other, the facts being the same.

In January, 1863, the Governor was in Washington. The following paragraph appears in a letter addressed to him on other matters:—

There is nothing new here that requires mention. Every thing, I believe, is progressing in the right direction. “Camp day” (North Cambridge) was broken up yesterday, and the recruits transferred to

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