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probable that many of them will decline to re-enlist after the expiration of their terms of service, at least for a time;) and this contingency should by all means be adequately provided for. I commend this important subject to your early consideration, with the full conviction that your wisdom will suggest such legislation as will meet the case. I avail myself of this, the first opportunity that has presented itself, to return my cordial thanks, individual and official, to His Excellency F. W. Pickens, Governor of the State of South Carolina, for his promptitude in sending troops to our aid immediately after the passage of the Ordinance of Secession — for the deep interest he has uniformly exhibited in our behalf, and for his generous and ready response to every request I have preferred. He was the first Executive who proffered us aid and support, and hence the propriety of this reference to him. My convictions of individual and official duty, and every dictate of patriotis