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LEGISLATURE OF MARYLAND, HOUSE OF DELEGATES,

Annapolis, Md., [February 17, 1865.]

Ordered, That a committed of three be appointed by the Chair to wait on the Secretary of War and urge postponement of the draft in Maryland, in order to give the State a reasonable time to fail her quota by volunteering under the provisions of the State bounty law. Also to request that the Maryland regiments whose trams of service expire in the summer and fall of 1865 be allowed a veteran furlough for the purpose of recruiting and filling up their ranks, provided their absence from the field would not be prejudicial to the service.

The foregoing is a true copy of an order which passed the House of Delegates February 17, 1865.

N. R. COLE,

Chief Clerk House of Delegates, Maryland.

E. F. Anderson, of Washington County; George Slathower, of Baltimore County; Moses Shaw, of Carroll County, committee.

STATE OF WISCONSIN, EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT,

Madison, February 17, 1865.

Honorable E. M. STANTON,

Secretary of War, Washington, D. C.:

SIR: I have the honor to transmit herewith a copy of joint resolution of the Legislature of Wisconsin requesting that the draft in this State be postponed until the 1st day of April next, for the purpose of allowing towns, cities, and villages to fill their quotas by volunteering, this day approved by me. I would respectfully request that such postponement be granted.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

JAMES T. LEWIS,

Governor of Wisconsin.

[Inclosure.]

JOINT RESOLUTION.

Resolved by the Senate (the Assembly concurring), That the Governor be, and is hereby, requested to make an application to have the draft postponed in this State until the 1st day of April next, for the purpose of allowing towns, cities, and villages too fill their quota by volunteering.

WM. W. FIELD,

Speaker of the Assembly.

WYMAN SPOONER,

President of the Senate.

Approved February 17, 1865.

JAMES T. LEWIS,

Governor of WisconsinMENT, ADJUTANT-GENERAL'S OFFICE,

February 17, 1865.

His Excellency the GOVERNOR OF ILLINOIS,

Springfield, Ill.:

SIR: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 1st instant, asking permission to organize six companies of drafted