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WAR DEPARTMENT, May 28, 1861.

Governor DENNISON,

Columbus, Ohio:

The mustering officer may muster into service for three years, or for the war, any of the three months' regiments already accepted by you and mustered into service, and this will serve as his authority for so doing.

SIMON CAMERON,

Secretary of War.

EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT, Saint Johnsbury, Vt., May 28, 1861.

Honorable SOLOMON FOOT,

Washington:

MY DEAR SIR: The Governor is to leave here in the morning and is so hurried that he requests me to acknowledge your letters of the 24th and 26th, received to-night, and to add, referring you to the accompanying act, that unless both of the regiments now raised go into "actual service under the requisition of the President," &c., he will have no power to aid in the support of volunteers' families, although in encampment, and to all intents and purposes powerless to maintain them. He receives with pleasure the encouragement that our men are to have the Minie musket.

Very respectfully, yours,

GEO. A. MERRILL,

Secretary, &c.

[Indorsement.]

MAY 28.

GEORGE A. MERRILL:

I shall be glad to have the two regiments from Vermont if not beyond the quota of that State.

WINFIELD SCOTT.

Approved:

SIMON CAMERON,

Secretary of War.

EXECUTIVE OFFICE, Topeka, Kans., May 29, 1861.

Honorable SIMON CAMERON,

Secretary of War:

DEAR SIR: Your favors of 21st instant, with inclosures, are received. The regiment will be organized at once, and I trust will give a good account of itself.

Very respectfully,

C. ROBINSON.

COLUMBUS, OHIO, May 29, 1861.

Honorable SIMON CAMERON,

Secretary of War:

Let me earnestly recommend that the companies of three-months' men at Camp Dennison be received as three-years' men, with their