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of an early filling up of their ranks, so that there is a reasonable prospect of two regiments by the 20th, with three more in a good state of forwardness at that time.

I have the honor to be your obedient servant,

THOMAS DREW,

Assistant Military Secretary.

(Telegram.)

WASHINGTON, September 11, 1861.

Governor ANDREW:

General Butler proposes raising in New England six regiments, to be recruited and commanded by himself, and to go on special service. I shall be glad if you, as Governor of Massachusetts, will answer by telegraph that you consent.

A. LINCOLN,

President.

SION CAMERON,

Secretary of War.

(Telegram.)

EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT,

Boston, September 11, 1861.

President LINCOLN and Secretary CAMERON,

Washington, D. C.:

Authorize State to raise whatever regiments you wish additional. We will first fulfill engagements with General Sherman, ordered by Secretary of War, then add others fast as possible. We'll help General Butler to the utmost.

JOHN A. ANDREW,

Governor.

(Telegram.)

WAR DEPARTMENT,

Washington, September 12, 1861.

Governor ANDREW,

Boston:

Dispatch of yesterday received. Massachusetts has done so well in all she has promised that she shall not be disappointed in anything she desires from the General Government.

SIMON CAMERON,

Secretary of War.

NEW YORK, September 11, 1861.

His Excellency JOHN A. ANDREW,

Governor of Massachusetts, Boston:

GOVERNOR: The object of my telegram of the 10th was to ascertain if there existed any possibility of being disappointed in the time when the troops would be prepared.

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I have the honor to remain, your most obedient servant,

T. W. SHERMAN,

Brigadier-General, U. S. Army.