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(Original by telegraph.)

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

Washington, D. C., January 9, 1865.

His Excellency Governor JAMES Y. SMITH,

Providence, R. I.:

I think the quota is filled, but will be able to tell you certainly in a day or two.

JAMES B. FRY,

Provost-Marshal-General.

Official copy.

N. L. JEFFRIES,

Colonel, Veteran Reserve Corps.

After the above dispatch was sent, and without further information from me, a proclamation dated the 23rd of January, by the Governor of Rhode Island, appeared, announcing that the State had to furnish no men under the call of December 19, 1864; whereas, when full information was received from all the States and the quotas calculated, it was found that Rhode Island had to furnish over 1,400 men.

JAMES B. FRY,

Provost-Marshal-General.

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

Washington, D. C., January 8, 1865.

Lieutenant Colonel HORACE NEIDE,

V. R. C., Actg. Asst. Prov. March General, Providence, R. I.:

COLONEL: In reply to your communication of the 4th instant, stating that Captain A. B. Chadsey, provost-marshal-general, Second District of Rhode Island, has been holding communication with His Excellency the Governor of Rhode Island without your knowledge, and inclosing copy of your order of the 3rd instant to Captain Chadsey relative thereto, the Provost-Marshal-General directs me to state that he does not know the facts or circumstances under which the order was made, and therefore he cannot judge of its necessity, but presumes you had sufficient cause. He does not, however, approve of its terms. Having issued orders in proper terms, you should see that they are obeyed, but they should not embody threats for their violation.

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

N. L. JEFFRIES,

Colonel, Veteran Reserve Corps.

Official copy.

N. L. JEFFRIES,

Colonel, Veteran Reserve Corps.

STATE OF RHODE ISLAND, EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT,

Providence, January 13, 1865.

Brigadier General JAMES B. FRY,

Provost-Marshal-General U. S. Army, Washington, D. C.:

GENERAL: I am instructed by His Excellency Governor Smith to request to be furnished with a statement of the quota of this State under the call of the President for 300,000 men, issued December 19,