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PHILADELPHIA, July 14, 1863.

(Received 11. 45 p. m.)

ABRAHAM LINCOLN, President:

SIR: Should lawless men in this city attempt to interfere with the draft, announced to take place to-morrow, there is no force here to restrain them. If the draft is postponed until the authorities can enforce it, if necessary, there will be no riot in Philadelphia.

JOHN M. READ.

O. W. DAVIS.

JAS. F. TOBIAS.

NEW YORK, July 15, 1863.

(Received 12. 15 a. m.)

General J. W. RIPLEY,

Chief of Ordnance:

SIR: Our shell works were closed by the mob last evening. No damage done yet. We are promised a force to protect it. Please telegraph the authorities here its importance.

HOTCHKISS` SONS.

WASHINGTON, D. C.,

July 15, 1863.

Major-General MEADE,

Army of the Potomac:

SIR: The War Department has just issued an order that the Eighth Regiment of regular infantry and one regular battery be immediately sent to New York. If any other good regular infantry regiment is more convenient to the railroad, you are authorized to substitute it for the Eighth. These troops should be sent forward with all possible dispatch.

H. W. HALLECK,

General-in-Chief.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

July 15, 1863. (Received 8. 10 p. m.)

General H. W. HALLECK,

General-in-Chief:

SIR: In compliance with your instructions, the Eighth Regiment of Infantry and a battery of artillery have been ordered to proceed forthwith to the city of New York. They will be ready to move the moment transportation is prepared for them, for which the necessary arrangements are now being made. These troops, on arriving in New York, are ordered to report to Major-General Wool.

GEO. G. MEADE.

WASHINGTON, D. C.,

July 15, 1863.

Major-General SCHENCK,

Baltimore, Md.:

SIR: The Eighth Regular Infantry and a regular battery from General Meade`s army will be forwarded to New York City, in preference to any other troops, passengers, or freight.

H. W. HALLECK,

General-in-Chief.