ment, and I appeal to you now not to be unmindful that the foe that strikes at our State strikes though our desolation at the life of the Republic, and our people are plundered and driven from their homes solely because of their loyalty and fidelity to our free institutions. People of Pennsylvania! I owe to you all my faculties, my labors, my life. You owe to your country your prompt and zealous services and efforts. The time has now come when we must all stand or fall together in defense of our duty that posterity shall not blush for us. Come heartily and cheerfully to the rescue of our noble Commonwealth. Maintain now your honor and freedom. Given under my hand and the great seal of the State, at Harrisburg, this twenty-sixth day of June, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Commonwealth the eighty-seventh.
A. G. CURTIN.
By the GOVERNOR: [SEAL.]
Secretary of the Commonwealth.
PITTSBURGH, PA., June 26, 1863.
(Received June 27, 1. 32 a. m.)
President LINCOLN: General Fremont, with your consent, will take charge at an hour's notice of the defense of these cities and vicinity. Ten thousand people, armed and equipped, will respond. Shall we say to him to assume command? We are in earnest. It rests with you to say what shall be done. Let us have a man in whom our people have full confidence.
WILLIAM F. JOHNSTON,
N. P. SAWYER.
PITTSBURGH, PA., June 27, 1863.
(Received 4. 10 p. m.)
His Excellency ABRAHAM LINCOLN:
We need John C. Fremont, who will create an enthusiasm by which we can raise 20, 000 men in forty-eight hours.
J. L. RUSSELL.
HEADQUARTERS CAVALRY CORPS,
June 27, 1863-6 a. m.
Shall move to Frederick City as soon as my staff arrive. After covering the crossing of the army, and obtaining your supplies at Edwards Ferry, you will join me at Frederick City as soon as you can. Please answer.