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OFFICIAL RECORDS: Series 3, vol 1, Part 1 (Union Letters, Orders, Reports)
Page 121 UNION AUTHORITIES.

proposes to furnish, and therefore I regret to say cannot accept his patriotic offer. No further troops beyond the quota of your State can be received at present unless they will agree to volunteer for the period of three years, if not sooner discharged. In that event and upon such terms one or two regiments more be accepted from your State and mustered into service.

I am, dear sir, very truly,

SIMON CAMERON,

Secretary of War.

WAR DEPARTMENT,

Washington, April 26, 1861.

His Excellency EDWIN D. MORGAN,

Governor of New York:

DEAR Sir: I have to repeat the acknowledgment of this Department for your prompt and energetic action on sending forward the troops of your State. In regard to the suggestions contained in yours of the 22nd instant, they have been made the subject of careful consideration, and such measures adopted by the officers in command as circumstances permitted.

Very yours, truly,

SIMON CAMERON,

Secretary of War.

WAR DEPARTMENT,

Washington, April 26, 1861.

His Excellency, E. FAIRBANKS,

Governor of Vermont:

MY DEAR SIR: Yours of the 18th instant, owing to the interruption of the mails, has just reached me. I beg hot assure you that the President and myself highly appreciate the patriotic promptness with which you have responded to the call of the Government in the present emergency. From the high character of your people for loyalty I have no doubt they will cheerfully and enthusiastically respond to this demand upon their patriotic and aid in maintaining the Constitution and enforcing the laws of the country.

I am, dear sir, very respectfully,

SIMON CAMERON,

Secretary of War.

OFFICE OF THE ILLINOIS CENTRAL RAILROAD CO.,

New York, April 26, 1861.

The Honorable SIMON CAMERON,

Secretary of War, Washington:

SIR: THe directors of the Illinois Central Railway have remi superintendent of the duty of this company to keep its road an open highway for the use of the Government of the United States.

In the present emergency the directors presume that the Government will not be desirous to take any steps to provide itself with means for transportation, and as the directors are desirous to serve the Government to the best of their ability, they beg to advise you that they have in their control 110 engines and 2,600 freight cars, and about 3,500 men employed; that the regular business of the company shall be set aside at any moment, and every facility which the utmost energy and an


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