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‘  mean time,’ he writes, ‘I had to endure a fire of raillery and sarcasm from nearly every one I met as I walked the streets between my house and my office. Squibs were published in the local paper, making fun of my warlike preparations, and every would-be wit seemed to think it the best joke of the season. I went to Gov. John A. Andrew, however, and told him what I was doing, and tendered him our services as soon as they should be needed. The governor approved my action, and promised to call upon me when the time came for action.’ When the President's call for seventy-five thousand men was issued, and six militia regiments were ordered out from Massachusetts, it was the hope of Captain Richardson and his company that they would be added to one of these regiments. The following is the description given by Captain Richardson: ‘It was on the 16th of April, 1861. I had been in court all day. It was a cold, drizzling day, and at night it rained hard. As I sat in my office, nearly all the members of my company came in, full of excitement, to inquire if I had received orders to march, and were bitterly disappointed when I told them I had not. They hung around, grumbling, until near ten o'clock, gradually dropping off till there were only some half dozen left. I was telling them that the governor had promised that we should have the first chance, when a tall man, in a rubber overcoat and a sou'wester hat, dripping with rain, came in and inquired for Captain Richardson. Every face turned to me, every hand pointed, and every voice shouted, “ There he is.” He took a large, official-looking paper from his pocket, and handed it to me. I opened and read it. It was an order from the governor to appear forthwith at the State House in Boston, with my company for service. Holding it above my head, I shouted, “Here it is, boys! Go down to Pike's stable and get a horse apiece, and notify every member of the company to be here at my office by daylight to-morrow morning.”’ The company marched from its temporary quarters to Boston early in the morning of April 17,1 and was there organized as a company of State militia belonging to the 5th Regiment, Col. S. C. Lawrence (a Middlesex County regiment), but temporarily to be assigned to the 3d Regiment (Col.
1 Captain Richardson writes: ‘As we passed along, we received many tokens of regard from citizens. Dr. Estes Howe placed a one-hundred-dollar bill in my hand, to be used for the benefit of the company. One man gave me a dilapidated white kid glove, saying, “The fingers will make the very best kind of cots, if you should get a wound in the finger.” ’ (Ms. letter.)
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