War of the Rebellion: Serial 124 Page 0612 CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.

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CONCORD, N. H., August 3, 1863.

Colonel J. B. FRY:

Your telegram of yesterday received. Draft ordered to commence in First District on Friday next, Thursday being Thanksgiving Day. The Fifth New Hampshire reached here to-day, about 150 strong.

O. A. MACK,

Major, &c.

CONCORD, N. H., August 3, 1863.

Governor J. A. GILMORE,

Concord, N. H.:

Your adjutant-general and General Marston, who were in the Department at the time the order for the 800 guins was given, agreed in opinion that the smooth-bore musket, used for ball land buckshot, would answer the purpose in your State. The same arms have been furnished to the Governors of other States for the use of their militia, land no one has found any objection to them. The Springfield arm has been reserved for the troops in active service. If they can be spared, however, for your State I will endeavor to furnish them.

EDWIN M. STANTON,

Secretary of War.

ALBANY, N. Y., August 3, 1863.

ABRAHAM LINCOLN,

President of the United States:

My letter will reach you on Wednesday. I wish all drafts delayed, particularly in New York and Brooklyn.

HORATIO SEYMOUR.

STATE OF NEW YORK, EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT,

Albany, August 3, 1863.

The PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES:

SIR: At my request a number of persons have called upon you with respect to the draft in this State, more particularly as it affected the cities of New York and Brooklyn. To avoid misapprehension, I deem it proper to state my views and wishes in writing.

As the draft was of the causes of the late riot in the city of New York, and as that outbreak has been urged by some as a reason for its immediate execution in that city, it is proper that I should speak of that event. At the moment when the militia of the city were absent, in pursuance of your request, and when the forces