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This sum should therefore be sent to the commanding officer of the Fifteenth, for the benefit of the regiment; and I am sorry that they yet have men in that infernal prison-house of Richmond who can expend it there.
On the 4th of March, the Governor wrote to J. Z. Goodrich, Collector of the Port of Boston,—
On the 12th of December last, I received from Mr. Caleb Howe, Jr., information that led to the arrest of officers and crew of the schooner Alliance, of Bear River, N. S., for aiding soldiers to desert from the camp on Long Island, some of whom were tried, and, through witnesses obtained by Mr. Howe's influence, were convicted of the offence.
I learn that Mr. Howe is an applicant for a place in the Custom House.
Please give him the benefit of any service this statement may do him with you.
On the 15th of March, the Governor wrote to Brigadier-General George H. Gordon, formerly colonel of the Second Massachusetts Regiment, who had forwarded to him
for instituting inquiries affecting the comfort, and possibly the lives, of Massachusetts soldiers.
I would respectfully ask the insertion of this letter in your paper, confident that no other explanation can be needed, at least by the friends of the soldiers in Camp Meigs.
On the 30th of January, the Governor wrote to the President of the United States,—
I desire permission earnestly to recommend to you that Brigadier-General George L. Andrews, commanding the Corps d'afrique in Louisiana, be promoted to the rank of major-general.
The command is so extensive and important, and General Andrews has been so identified with the undertaking of organizing colored troops in the Department of the Gulf, that it seems to me every way most desirable and important that he should have the rank and staff that would best enable him successfully to carry on the work.
He is a most accomplished and scientific soldier, who has done credit to every rank in which he has hitherto served, and w
fts, to be put where he should judge best.
I beg you to accept my grateful thanks for your thoughtful remembrance of our suffering soldiers.
We find on the Governor's files a letter addressed to him by Owen Lovejoy, a member of Congress from Illinois, dated Washington, Feb. 22, from which we make the following characteristic extract:—
Do you know that I am hoping, when slavery has been swept away, for a revival of religion, pure and undefiled, which will be eminently practical, and the, ears to the deaf, and charity to all. . . . I am sick, and have used the hand of another, and feel unable to dictate any more.
May God bless you and the Old Bay State!
Mr. Lovejoy was for many years a distinguished member of Congress from Illinois, and was a brother of Rev. Mr. Lovejoy, who, more than thirty years ago, had his printing-office attacked in Alton, Ill., by a mob, and was himself slain, because of the anti-slavery sentiments of which he was an eloquent and powerful advocate.