shall be promptly furnished. I trust I have sought and that I shall seek nothing in any spirit inconsistent with the strictest subordination to the law and its lawful ministers, nor with any wish to gain or to prevent any advantage other than that of the public service, which now more than ever before demands every denial of selfish hopes, purposes, or ambitions.
I have the honor to be, respectfully and truly, your obedient servant,
JOHN A. ANDREW.
[Sub-inclosure.] HOUSE-Numbers 18.] COMMON WEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, January 13, 1862.
Ordered, That His Excellency the Governor be requested to communicate to this House, unless deemed by him incompatible with the public interests, the correspondence relating to the recruiting of troops for the Department of New England, and any other matters in connection therewith.
W. S. ROBINSON,
COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS, EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT,
Boston, January 18, 1862.
The Honorable THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES:
In obedience to the order of the House, passed on the 13th instant, requesting the communication of "the correspondence relating to the recruiting of troops for the Department of New England, and any other matter connected therewith," I have the honor herewith to transmit copies of all the documents required.
JOHN A. ANDREW.
August 10, 1861.
His Excellency the GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF MASSACHUSETTS:
General Sherman, having been charged with the preparation of an expedition to rendezvous on Long Island, will, on the part of this Department, consult with you as to the troops which can earliest be made available for this service.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
THOMAS A. SCOTT,
Acting Secretary of War.
August 27, 1861.
His Excellency JOHN A. ANDREW,
Governor of Massachusetts:
SIR: This will be sent you by Brigadier General Thomas W. Sherman, U. s. Army, who has heretofore communicated with you on the subject of concentrating, in a camp of instruction, a number of regiments of U. S. Volunteers. As late emergencies may have somewhat interfered with this