demanded possession and soldiers reached San Jose, when proceedings were suspended till President could be consulted. There is great excitement and unless the mandate is revoked the State is in danger of being lost [to] the Union. The law of 1807, under which mandate is issued, does not apply until Hoffman's decision is changed. Mine is on Berryessa Ranch. Even if it did, President should not force to get possession of a mine-the people will not stand it. If the mandate is not revoked there certainly will be great trouble. See the President and answer.
SAN FRANCISCO, July 11, 1863. - 12 m.
I came from Washington with a writ from the President to take possession of Almaden Mine. The writ is reported to have been countermanded. Have you received any message from the President? If so, does it countermand previous order?
CAMP INDEPENDENCE Numbers 13.
Owen's River Valley, Cal., July 11, 1863.
The undersigned hereby assumes command of this camp. All existing orders will remain in full force and effect until repealed.
GEORGE D. FRENCH,
First Lieutenant, Second Cavalry California Vols., Commanding Camp.
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE PACIFIC.
San Francisco, Cal., July 11, 1863.
Brigadier General P. EDWARD CONNOR, U. S. Volunteers;
Commanding District of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah Ter.:
GENERAL: I am instructed by the general commanding the department that your order relating to the disloyal element coming to this department is approved. The condition of affairs on this coast, and the immense effort now being made by the enemies of our Government to detach us, therefrom, require the greatest watchfulness on the part of officers. The general is exceedingly gratified at your prompt action in this matter.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
R. C. DRUM
HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF ARIZONA.
Hart's Mill., Tex., July 12, 1863.
Lieutenant Colonel RICHARD C. DRUM.
Assistant Adjutant-General, San Francisco, Cal.:
COLONEL: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of May 28, received July 6. The long time that this letter was en