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[special messenger], with the delivery of the same. I avail myself of the occasion to express the very high gratification I feel in being able to announce to you the accession of this ancient State to the Confederate States of America; and most devoutly do I pray that this union, strengthened by all the kindred ties of climate, pursuits, and institutions, may perpetually "promote the general welfare and secure the blessings of liberty to our people and their posterity. "

To which I beg leave to add assurances of the very high consideration with which I am, your obedient servant,

W. N. EDWARDS,

President of the Convention.

NEW ORLEANS, May 24, 1861.

L. P. WALKER:

Fourth Regiment is ready. Lieutenant Phifer says his instructions are to muster it in for the war. It was accepted for twelve months by your dispatch of May 16. Have the proper order issued to the mustering officer.

T. O. MOORE.

MONTGOMERY, May 24, 1861.

Collector F. H. HATCH,

New Orleans:

Ship Windsor Forest cleared from Liverpool on 27th of April, with munitions of war for this Government. Her charter was for Quebec; really, however, for Southern port. Her real course to the Gulf lies by the south side of Cuba. She will be near Cape San Antonio by the 1st of June. She should be advised of blockade. Can you put pilot-boat on this duty?

L. P. WALKER.

MONTGOMERY, May 24, 1861.

Governor JOHN LETCHER,

Richmond:

Can you arm 5,000 troops from Confederate States?

L. P. WALKER.

RICHMOND, May 24, 1861.

Hon. L. P. WALKER:

We can arm 5,000 troops with flint-lock muskets.

JOHN LETCHER.

GENERAL ORDERS, WAR DEPARTMENT ADJT. AND INSP. GENERAL'S No. 8. OFFICE, Montgomery, Ala., May 25, 1861.

The several bureaus of the War Department, together with the officers attached thereto, will with the least delay practicable move to Richmond, Va., where they will take post until further orders.

By command of the Secretary of War:

S. COOPER.