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d your information, influence, and acquaintance with the Cabinet, and knowledge of Eastern public sentiment, to leave immediately for Washington. Hope you will proceed at once, and open and preserve communication between you and myself. To Montgomery Blair, Postmaster-General: Hon. Dwight Foster, our Attorney-General, will hand you this note, with my full commendations. Mr. Foster is a gentleman with whom you can take counsel, finding him full of the fire and hard-working zeal of Massachusette 2d of May, and wrote to Governor Andrew that evening:— I arrived here this afternoon, and I hope to report to you in person Saturday. I had free conversation with the President, General Scott, Mr. Seward, Mr. Chase, General Cameron, and Mr. Blair, upon public affairs. The impression I received from all, except perhaps Mr. Seward, was favorable to a vigorous prosecution of the war. Mr. Seward repeated his words of December and February, The crisis is over. It is, however, understood at
fficers appointed to command Militia battalions First call for three years troops delays at Washington letter to Montgomery Blair letter of Secretary of War General Orderno. 12 six regiments allowed Governor anxious to send more Letterof Genears men. From among a number of letters written at this time, and upon this subject, we select the following, to Montgomery Blair, Postmaster-General:— May 6, 1861. Hon. Montgomery Blair, Washington, D. C. My dear friend,—Your last letter,Hon. Montgomery Blair, Washington, D. C. My dear friend,—Your last letter, in which was mentioned a possible plan for retaking Sumter, reached me in the midst of cares and toil, which have left no opportunity to pursue the subject. I do not know what may be your opinion, or that of the Administration, as to operating aotives,—may possibly be looked upon, even though useful to the country, as too forward in earning renown. But, my dear Blair, I can trust you, that you both believe and know of Massachusetts, that we fight from no love of vulgar glory, no desire
uch compromise or settlement as to make a renewal of the struggle for ascendency, or another rebellion, possible. A copy of the letter was sent to some friends of the Governor in New York and Washington, including the Postmaster-General, Montgomery Blair, to whom the Governor wrote, I believe that the subject will be of interest to you, and that you will be pleased to say the right word at the proper time, in furtherance of some such measure as I have indicated. Of all the Cabinet officers, Mr. Blair appears to have been the one on whose judgment, influence, and activity he relied the most to advance his views of policy upon the Administration. On the same day, the Governor wrote to Senator Wilson, suggesting that Congress offer a bounty of twenty-five dollars to raw recruits in new regiments, and double that sum to soldiers who will serve in regiments in the field. On the 2d of December, he acknowledged, with thanks, the receipt of twenty-seven hundred and eighty-seven dol
and properly indorsed, the promotion was made, and the commission issued; but, if the reasons given were not satisfactory,—if they disclosed favoritism, family influence, or unjust prejudice,—the appointment was not made, but the officer properly in the line of promotion was commissioned. The Governor's mind was eminently just; he despised trickery and treachery, and all the small devices to which mean natures resort to gain their ends. On the 11th of January, the Governor writes to Montgomery Blair, Postmaster-General, calling his attention to a bill reported in the United-States Senate by Senator Wilson, providing, among other things, that vacancies occurring in regiments of volunteers mustered into the United-States service shall be filled by presidential appointment, and gives strong reasons why it should not become a law. He concludes by saying,— It is simply impossible that the volunteer officers can be well selected at Washington. I make mistakes, make some exceptiona<
s made by the Government. A copy of this letter was sent to the Secretary of the Navy, Postmaster-General Blair, Mr. Sumner, and others. On the second day of May, the Secretary of the Navy acknowler, and promised it should have his immediate attention. It appears from a letter written by Mr. Blair, the Postmaster-General, that the President referred the letter received by him to General Totten, who made a report upon it to the President, which was read to him in the presence of Mr. Blair; the purport of which was, that big guns were too much for iron-clads, which Mr. Blair considered aMr. Blair considered all stuff. Mr. Blair's advice to the Governor was to spend a million dollars in obstructing the channels to Boston; then big guns could be brought to bear on iron-clads, and could sink them. At thMr. Blair's advice to the Governor was to spend a million dollars in obstructing the channels to Boston; then big guns could be brought to bear on iron-clads, and could sink them. At this time, fears were entertained that matters might become so complicated between this country and England as to bring on a war with that nation; and John M. Forbes, who was then in London, wrote a le