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decline forwarding the circular. While I feel obliged to observe the order of Colonel Neide, I wish to assure you that

I am, with highest respect, Your Excellency's obedient servant,

A. B. CHADSEY,

Captain and Prov. March, Second District of Rhode Island.

STATE OF RHODE ISLAND, EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT,

Providence, January 11, 1865.

Official copy.

CHARLES E. BAILEY,

Colonel and Aide-de-Camp.

A true copy.

N. L. JEFFRIES,

Colonel, Veteran Reserve Corps.

STATE OF RHODE ISLAND,

PROVOST-MARSHAL'S OFFICE, SECOND DISTRICT,

Providence, January 9, 1865.

His Excellency JAMES Y. SMITH,

Governor of Rhode Island:

GOVERNOR: I have the honor to acknowledge receipt of your communication of the 5th instant, requesting an official copy of an order which prevents my communicating officially with the executive department of this State, and herewith transmit to Your Excellency a copy of the order referred to.

Most respectfully, Your Excellency's fellow-citizen and servant,

A. B. CHADSEY,

Captain and Prov. March, Second District of Rhode Island.

STATE OF RHODE ISLAND, EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT,

Providence, January 11, 1865.

Official copy.

CHARLES E. BAILEY,

Colonel and Aide-de-Camp.

A true copy.

N. L. JEFFRIES,

Colonel, Veteran Reserve Corps.

[First indorsement.]

WAR DEPARTMENT,

January 27, 1865.

Respectfully referred to the Provost-Marshal-General for report.

By order of the Secretary of War:

JAMES A. HARDIE,

Colonel, Inspector-General.

A true copy.

N. L. JEFFRIES,

Colonel, Veteran Reserve Corps.

[Second indorsement.]

PROVOST-MARSHAL-GENERAL'S BUREAU,

Washington, D. C., January 29, 1865.

Respectfully returned with report as follows: Lieutenant-Colonel Neide, acting assistant provost-marshal-general, is a faithful and efficient officer. He is suited to his present duties and is acquainted