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Charles Henry Foster Nonplussed.

--From the following, which appears in late Northern papers, it appears that the ambitious traitor, Foster, does not have things all his own way in North Carolina:


Headq's Department N. C., Newbern, April 21.
Chas. Henry Foster, Esq: Sir:
I see by the Newbern Progress, of Saturday morning, that you propose to speak to a political assemblage in this place on Wednesday next, which I think would be very unwise in you to do, and decidedly unwise in me to allow.

You occupy no official political position in the State, as was evinced by the refusal of the House of Representatives to grant you a seat in that body.

The President of the United States has very wisely appointed a Provisional Governor for this State who is a native thereof, and was at one time one of its most prominent and infidential citizens, and represents at this moment the views and feelings of a majority of the people of the State of North Carolina.

The Government will doubtless indicate its civil policy to Governor Stanley, and I cannot consent in the meantime to embarrass either him or the Government by initiating myself, or allowing any one else to initiate, any civil policy. From my own experience in matters of this kind, I am sufficiently embarrassed atready in taking note of civil cases that absolutely require immediate attention. The occupation of North Carolina thus far is entirely military.

Another very serious objection to the assembling of such a meeting as you propose is, that I have never been informed by any one that it was in contemplation. None of the citizens have repletanted to me that they desire a meeting of this kind, and officers and soldiers of the army have no right to originals or organize political assemblages.

I beg to say that I do not question the honesty or disinterestedness of your intenition, but the wisdom of your cause is clearly open to criticism, and the meeting cannot be allowed to assemble.

Emerges E. Burnsike,
Major General Commanding Department of North Carolina.

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