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and particularly that it should assure itself and them of the accordance of its subordinate laws with the supreme law of the land. It will be but a little price to pay for the peace of the public mind; it will abate nothing from the dignity, nothing from the sovereignty, of the Nation to show a just regard for the majesty of the laws and a paternal interest in the wishes and welfare in the wishes and welfare of our citizens.

Truly yours, &c.,


Congressional district Population Draft. Vote of 1862

Twenty-ninth 114,556 1,767 20,097

Seventeenth 114,526 1,838 17,882

Twenty-third 116,980 2,088 22,535

Twenty-eighth 129,365 2,015 21,026

Fifteenth 132,232 2,260 23,165

Twenty-seventh 135,488 2,416 25,601

Thirtieth 141,971 2,539 21,385

New York and Brooklyn


Third 132,242 2,697 16,421

Second 151,951 4,146 15,967

Sixth 117,148 4,538 12,777

Eighth 175,998 4,892 15,195

Fourth 131,854 5,881 12,363

This statement shows the population, number to be drafted, and the number of voters in the several Congressional districts in which enrollments have been completed, and of which reports have been made to this office up to the 3rd of August, 1863.

ALBANY, Monday, August 3, 1863.

Major General JOHN A. DIX,

Commanding Eastern Department, &c.:

SIR: I received your letter on Saturday. I have this day sent to the President of the United States a communication in relation to the draft in this State. I believe his answer will relieve you and me from the painful questions growing out of an armed enforcement of the constriction law in this patriotic State, which has contributed so largely and freely to the support of the national cause during the existing war. When I receive the President's answer I will write to you again upon the subject of your letter.

Truly, yours, &c.,



Washington, D. C., August 3, 1863.


Governor of New York, Albany, N. Y.:

SIR: I have the honor to inform you that orders have this day been sent to the Board of Enrollment for the Thirty-first District of New York to make draft for 1,749 of the first class.

I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,