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those duties in a very satisfactory manner. Upon them have been thrown all the heaviest disbursements; and these, so far as is known to this office, have been made faithfully, and on their parts with integrity.

In closing this report it becomes my duty to allude to the loss the corps has sustained in the death of its distinguished chief, Bvt. Major General George Gibson. The founder of the corps, he wielded the affairs of the department for more than forty years with integrity and ability, and by his amiable manners and kindly heart won for it great popularity in the Are confidence of the country. That it may ever deserve that confidence is my earnest wish.

Very respectfully, your most obedient servant,

J. P. TAYLOR,

Commissary-General of Subsistence.

SPRINGFIELD, ILL., November 26, 1861.

Honorable SIMON CAMERON,

Secretary of War:

I shall comply with your request and withdraw all purchase of arms from the market.

RICHARD YATES,

Governor of Illinois.

HARRISBURG, November 26, 1861.

Honorable SIMON CAMERON,

Secretary of War:

Your dispatch received. I have not purchased any arms, and have no contracts or arrangements to purchase any. Have not had and have not now any agents or agencies for the purchase of arms. You are no doubt aware that this State has not received any arms from the Federal Government.

A. G. CURTIN,

Governor of Pennsylvania.

HARRISBURG, November 26, 1861.

Honorable THOMAS A. SCOTT,

Assistant Secretary of War:

Captain Palmer is very anxious to get carbines. As you asked for the commission and appointed the officers, can you not give them to him? I have not purchased arms and the circular asks me not tot purchase. Can you give them to him and charge them to the State? Answer, as captain is here.

A. G. CURTIN,

Governor of Pennsylvania.

WAR DEPARTMENT,

November 26, 1861.

A. G. CURTIN,

Harrisburg:

Tell Mr. Palmer that we will give him the carbines as soon as we are able. having swords and pistols, they must wait until others who have no arms are supplied.

THOMAS A. SCOTT.