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WAR DEPARTMENT,

August 28, 1861.

Honorable W. H. SEWARD, Secretary of State:

SIR: You will please authorize our bankers in London to accept army drafts, not exceeding in all $1,000,000, which may be drawn for the purchase of arms by either our minister to France, our minister to Belgium, or Mr. George L. Schuyler, the special agent of the United States for the purchase of arms, and such drafts will be paid by this Department.

Respectfully,

SIMON CAMERON,

Secretary of War.

WAR DEPARTMENT,

Washington City, D. C., August 28, 1861.

Governor RICHARD YATES,

Springfield, Ill:

You will consider the acceptance of cavalry limited to five regiments in all. My telegram of the 25th was intended to apply to companies of infantry. Have written you to-day.

SIMON CAMERON,

Secretary of War.

WAR DEPARTMENT,

Washington, august 28, 1861.

His Excellency RICHARD YATES,

Governor of Illinois:

SIR: The Department telegraphed to you on the 25th instant authorizing the acceptance of all troops willing to enter the U. S. service. This was meant to apply to infantry alone. Five regiments of cavalry is the maximum the Department desires the State of Illinois to furnish at present.

With many thanks for the ready response of your noble States, I have the honor to be, your most obedient servant,

SIMON CAMERON,

Secretary of War.

WAR DEPARTMENT,

Washington, August 28, 1861.

His Excellency ISRAEL WASHBURN, Jr.,

Governor of Maine, Augusta, Me.:

SIR: You are authorized to raise, arm, and organize, at the expense of the United States a company or regiment of cavalry as you may deem most expedient, to serve for three years, or during the war, with the understanding, however, that this Department will revoke the commissions of all officers who may be found incompetent for the proper discharge of their duties. The men will be mustered into the U. S. service in accordance with General Orders, Nos. 58 and 61, herewith respectfully inclosed.*

By order of the Secretary of War:

JAS. LESLEY, JR.,

Chief Clerk War Department.

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*See pp. 412, 424.

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