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loaded that the number cannot be reduced at present. The force asked for by Major Townsend cannot, in my judgment, be spared at present.

ED. R. S. CANBY,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

[Second indorsement.]

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE EAST, New York City, July 22, 1863.

Respectfully forwarded, with reference to indorsement of Brigadier-General Canby.

By command of Major-General Dix:

D. T. VAN BUREN,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

[Third indorsement.]

STATE OF NEW YORK, NORTHERN DIVISION, OFFICE ACTG. ASST. PROVOST- MARSHAL-GENERAL, Albany, July 23, 1863.

The indorsement on the within respectfully referred for the attention of the Provost-Marshal-General's Office.

FREDK. TOWNSEND,

Major, U. S. Army, Actg. Asst. Provost-Marshal-General.

STATE OF NEW YORK, NORTHERN DIVISION, OFFICE ACTG. ASST. PROVOST- MARSHAL-GENERAL, Albany, July 17, 1863.

Colonel JAMES B. FRY,

Provost-Marshal-General, Washington, D. C.:

COLONEL: I have the honor herewith to transmit comminution from Captain J. P. Richardson, provost-marshal of Twenty-first District, in regard to the condition and situation of affairs in his district.

I am, sir, very respectfully, &c.,

FREDK. TOWNSEND,

Major Eighteenth Infantry, Actg. Asst. Prov. March General

[Inclosure.]

OFFICE PROVOST-MARSHAL, TWENTY-FIRST CONG. DIST., STATE OF NEW YORK, Utica, July 16, 1863.

Colonel JAMES B. FRY,

Provost-Marshal-General:

SIR: I deem it to be my duty in view of recent events to apprise the department of the condition and situation of matters in this district.

No order for a draft has yet been received at these headquarters.

If an order for this purpose is to be made now, or at a period more remote, it will not be safe to proceed without we are furnished with an adequate force of troops fully armed and equipped.

I do not magnify the excitement existing here when I inform you that a very large portion of the population, composed of the working and lower classes, including of course nearly all of the Irish and German element, are aroused to a dangerous degree in opposition to the conscription law.