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does not state your mission. Any communication you have for me will be left at Calabazas. No personal interview will be held between us. Very respectfully,

JOHN L. MERRIAM,

Captain, First California Cavalry, Commanding Post.

[Inclosure Numbers 4.]

Numbers 4.

MILITARY COMMANDER FORT TUBAC;

SENOR COMMANDING OFFICER: I regret exceedingly to find myself compelled to return to Sonora to report to my govrnment your not having permitted me to pass to present to you the communications that I bore from it for you and for the Governor of Arizona, since, according to your second note of to- day's date, you tell me to leave my communication in Calabazas, and that it is altogether impossible that I, the bearer, should deliver them into you own hands as Governor Pesqueira ordered me to do. I am told, furthermore, that you cannot permit a personal interview, notwithstanding my having sent a passport sufficiently accrediting me as an official envoy of the government of the State of Sonora, and as such deserving to have been received by you I now retire, I repeat, to report to my government, and I shall wait in Yuma only long enough for you to have the goodness to send to me at that place the said passport that I sent you by my dragoons for your inspection, and which I believe was handed to you, to return to me. I have the satisfaction of repeating myself your attentive, faithful servant,

FRED A. ROMSTEDT.

[Inclosure Numbers 5.]

Numbers 5.

CALABAZAS, ARIZ. TERR., December 4, 1864.

TO THE OFFICER COMMANDING AN ARMED FORCE ENCAMPED NEAR CALABAZAS, ARIZ. TERR.;

SIR: In reply to your communication just received I have the honor to inform your that any official communication you may wish to forward me you may deliver here in person. Please attend to this at once, as I do not wish to be detained here any longer than necessary.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

JOHN L. MERRIAM,

Commanding Post at Tubac.

HDQRS. U. S. MIL. TELEGRAPH, MIL. DIV. OF W. MISSISSIPPI,

New Orleans, December 6, 1864.

Lieutenant Colonel C. T. CHRISTENSEN,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Mil. Div. of West Mississippi:

COLONEL: I have the honor to submit the following report of my voyage to explore a telegraphic route to Ship Island, with a map* of the route attached:

Left Canal Basin at 9 a. m. of Saturday, 26th ultimo, on steam tug Blossom, drawing four feet and a half of water. Made Fort Macomb at 3 p. m. took twenty telegraph poles and landed them with party of workmen at Cedar Bayou on Fort Pike line; anchored for the night.

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*See p. 777.

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