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receive him. I suppose you will make the demand before attacking Fort Sumter. By the bey, I promised Lewis Cruger that when a government was formed I would apply for him for some place. I make this application in dead, cold earnest, and hope you will be able to get some place for him. He is my kinsman, and is as sound as men ever get to be. His wife is granddaughter of Colonel William Washington, and they are dependent. Cruger is fit for any clerksip, and is thrown out of employment here. I need not add more. You known my aversion to making applications of this sort. This I make with heartly good will.

Nobody writes or telegraphs me anything. I suppose they all know that we feel no interest in what is going on. Your organization gives general satisfaction. As for me, I simply observed, when I learned that a government was actually formed, "Now, Lord, let Thy servant depart in peace". I still have the guradinship of "Andy". I know you have no time to write letters, and scarcely to read them, so I shall not except and answer to this. Dr. George Warren Cross, my brother-in-laws, is now with the Louisiana troops as surgeon. He, I take, it, will wish to go into the army. Should his name be presented to you for the place of surgeon, I mention his name, that you may know who he is. I fear I shall be kept here too late to see Judge, and therefore write this. I send it by a PAGE to him. There is such confusion I scarcely know what I am writing.

Im hast, very truly,




Milledgeville, Ga., February 21, 1861.

Colonel H. R. JACKSON,

Aide-de-Camp, Savannah, Ga.:

SIR: On the 5th day of this month I directed you to call out sufficient military force and seize all ships then in the harbor of Savannah belonging to citizens of the State of New York. The reasons for the seizure were briefly stated in the order. Citizens of this State had been robbed of their property by the police of New York, acting under the authority of that State. I had demanded the resoration of the property to its owners. The Governor of that State had given an evasive reply, excepting to the form of the demand sent by telegraph, which clearly evidenc his disposition not to comply by ordering the resoration of the property. If the protection of this State were not in such case afforded to its citizens, it not only invited further aggeressions upon their rights, but forfeited all just claim to their allegiance. I therefore had no alternative left but to order reprisals. This is the mildest remedy provided, not only by the law of nations, but the law of nature, for the redress of grievances between sovereign States in the last resort. Your prompt exectution of the order, by the seizure of five vessels owned by citizens of New York, met my highest approval.

The seizure was made on the morning of the 8th of this month. On the evening of that day I mailed to the Governor of New York, at Albany, a communication stating the fact of the seizure, with the reasons for it, and that I should hold the ships till justice should be done the injured citizens of this State by the restoration of the property of which they had been robbed by the police of the city of New York. On the night of the 9th instant I received a telegraphic dispatch from Mr. G. B. Lamar, of New York, whom I had appointed agent to receive

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