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    Boston Jany. 12th, 1861

    To Lieut. Gen. Scott :


    I have the honor to address
    you for the purpose of putting myself
    communicating In my official capacity, in commu=
    =nication with yourself as the com=
    =mander of the Army of the U.S. with
    a view to obtaining whatever advice
    or information may be deemed proper
    to be imparted to me bearing upon the
    preparation of Massachusetts Finest
    any demand for patriotic citizen soldiers
    to assist you in maintaining the laws &
    integrity of the country. The power of
    It is thought not unlikely that such
    contribution of men may be wanted.
    And Should that be the case, Massachu=
    =setts, if duly admonished of it in ad=
    =vance, will respond with an alacrity
    and force which will meet your entire
    satisfaction, -- May I ask then, Sir,

    to receive from you, in your
    department, your views of
    what it is in yr opinion is
    desirable to do be done
    by us, at this moment, &
    the probability there was
    of men being wanted.
    Our legislature is now in session,
    & the Committees found formed. To-day I
    had an interview with the Joint
    Councl of the [?] militia; &
    can assure you that they will
    take any needful steps to prepare
    act for a march of our full share
    of men.

    Two Brig. Genls of the active
    Volunteer milita have already
    tendered their services.
    We have The general state of
    our militia is given in my address

    to the Legislature, of which I have
    had the honor to send you a

    I have sent you this note by
    the h under cover to Senator
    Wilson, who from his former
    services, is familiar with the
    militia of this Commonwealth, &
    may be able to answer enquir=
    =ries on yr part which I cannot,
    directly anticipate.
    With the fervant hope that your
    health & life may be continued, for the
    sake of the country, you have so long
    & so ably served; & that the country may find
    a happy & honorable escape from
    present dangers,

    I am, with
    great respect, your most
    obedient servant,
    John A. Andrew


    Letter to Gen. Scott
    from J. A. A. -
    Jany 12, 1861.