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on the part of those engaged in said recruiting to commissions as officers or for compensation on account of expenses insured. All supplies will be furnished in accordance with established regulations.

I am, sir, your obedient servant,

JAS. B. FRY,

Provost-Marshal-General.

CONCORD, N. H. April 14, 1864.

Honorable E. M. STANTON:

If the State of New Hampshire will offer an extra bounty sufficient to till the First New Hampshire Cavalry to their maximum number, will you permit the companies now here to remain, and here mount the entire regiments? I saw General Burnside in New York, and from him have received his hearty approval. Orders have already been issued from the Cavalry Bureau to commence the purchase of horses, and preparations to that effect already been made. If we can fill this regiment we shall have a surplus of 500 on all calls made upon us.

J. A. GILMORE,

Governor.

WAR DEPT., PROVOST-MARSHAL-GENERAL'S OFFICE,

Washington, D. C., April 14, 1864.

Lieutenant Colonel JOSEPH DARR, Jr.,

Actg. Asst. Provost-Marshal-General, Wheeling, W. Va.:

The Secretary of War directs that the officers of this department in West Virginia enlist into the service of the United States for three years or during the war all colored persons of suitable age and condition who may offer themselves.

After enlistment they will be assigned to Forty-fifth Regiment U. S. Colored Troops, and sent to Lieutenant Colonel H. A. Oakman, Thirtieth Regiment U. S. Colored Troops, at Clarksburg, Va.

JAMES B. FRY,

Provost-Marshal-General.

LITTLE ROCK, ARK., April 15, 1864.

His Excellency A. LINCOLN,

President of the United States:

Both houses of the Legislature have organized to-day, a quorum being present. The vote for constitution 12,179, against 226. For Governor, 12,430. We ask your sympathy and aid. The country north and south of the Arkansas River is full of guerrillas; one member killed while coming here. If re-enforcements are not sent soon or General Steele ordered to return we are in great danger.

ISAAC MURPHY,

Provisional Governor of Arkansas.

WAR DEPT., PROVOST-MARSHAL-GENERAL'S OFFICE,

April 18, 1864.

Major General F. STEELE, U. S. Volunteers,

Commanding Department of Arkansas, Little Rock:

SIR: You are hereby authorized by the Secretary of War to raise in the State of Arkansas as many regiments of volunteer infantry to