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WASHINGTON, D. C., February 9, 1865.

Honorable E. M. STANTON,

Secretary of War:

SIR: I have the honor to submit a statement of the total force present and absent, number of regiments, &c., of the quartermaster volunteer organizations in Washington City and vicinity and Nashville, Tenn., on the 31st day of December, 1864:

Washington and vicinity.

First Second Total. First

Brigade. Brigade. Brigade

Regiments 4 4 8 3

Companies 29 30 59 .......

Commissioned 2.281 2.687 4.968 2.568

officers and

men

Nashville, Tenn.

Third Total.

Brigade.

Regiments 3 6

Companies ........ ......

Commissioned 1.796 4.364

officers and

men

Total force present and absent in Washington City and Nashville, Tenn., 9,352.

Reports of the Second Brigade at Nashville have not been received.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

M. C. MEIGS,

Quartermaster-General and Brevet Major General, U. S. Army.

NEW YORK, February 9, 1865.

General FRY:

There is a greater change in New York in public sentiment with reference to the quota. You will be fully sustained in your action. I think the matter is becoming understood.

L. C. BAKER.

WASHINGTON, FEBRUARY 10, 1865.

The SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES:

In answer to the resolution of the Senate of the 8th instant requesting information concerning recent conversations or communications with insurgents under Executive sanction, I transmit a report from the Secretary of State, to whom the resolution was referred.

ABRAHAM LINCOLN.

[Inclosure.]

DEPARTMENT OF STATE,

Washington, February 10, 1865.

The PRESIDENT:

The Secretary of State, to whom was referred a resolution of the Senate of the 8th instant, requesting "the President of the United States, if, in his opinion, not incompatible with the public interests, to furnish to the Senate any information in his possession concerning recent conversations or communications with rebels, said to have taken place under Executive sanction, including communications with the rebel Jefferson Davis, and any correspondence relating.