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should take place as now ordered, or not. It looks to me, better that it should; but, being present, you can tell better than I can. (Signed) U. S. GRANT,

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R. C. DRUM, Assistant Adjutant General.

General.

HEADQUARTERS THIRD MILITARY DISTRICT,
ATLANTA, GEORGIA, January 18, 1868.

General U. S. Grant, Washington, D. C.:

I have nothing to add my telegrams of the eleventh and twelfth instants in relation to postponement of Alabama election. My own judgment was in favor of rescinding General Pope's order authorizing it, but your dispatches of the thirteenth instant were so conclusive, and the delicacy I have in regard to General Pope's orders, caused me to notify Governor Patton that I should take no action. It is now, in my judgment, as the election is so near, too late to make any change.

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(Signed) GEORGE G. MEADE,

Major General.

R. C. DRUM, Assistant Adjutant General.

HEADQUARTERS THIRD MILITARY DISTRICT,
ATLANTA, GEORGIA, January 19, 1868.

General U. S. Grant, Washington, D. C.:

The conduct of the officials of Georgia, embarrass me in procuring funds for immediate purposes. I am informed the Georgia State Road, under instructions from the Governor, and doubtless, in anticipation of existing condition of affairs, has recently, without regard to the wants of the State Treasury, paid large sums to the Quartermaster General, on account of its indebtedness to the Government. It has occurred to me, that if this money has not yet reverted to the Treasury, and is under the control of the War Department, that a temporary return of a portion of it might be made to the Treasurer of Georgia or myself, for immediate wants; and when the present diffi culties are overcome, and the revenue of the State derived from the regular sources, this loan could be returned. If this is practicable, I would most urgently recommend it, as if I can only get money, the officials are flanked. I am further advised by the Superintendent of the State road, who is faithfully co-operating with me, that if the auditing and settlement of his accounts could be transferred from Colonel Dana, at Washington, to an officer here either General Saxton or Captain Farnsworth, that the settlement would be greatly expedited, and the revenue derived from the road, placed in the State Treasury in a much shorter time. This is very desirable, and I would urge said transfer be authorized.

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(Signed) GEORGE G. MEADË, Major General.

R. C. DRUM, Assistant Adjutant General.

HEADQUARTERS THIRD MILITARY DISTRICT,

ATLANTA, GEORGIA, January 23, 1868.

General U. S. Grant, Washington, D. C.:

The importance of the subject and the very great embarrassment I find myself in, owing to the financial condition of this State, authorize and compel me to call your attenton to my telegram of the 19th instant, and to urge immediate action thereon.

(Signed) GEORGE G. MEADE,

Major General.

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R. C. DRUM, Assistant Adjutant General.

WASHINGTON, D. C., January 24, 1868.

Major General George G. Meade, Commanding Third Military District: I have recommended the adoption of your suggestions about Georgia Railroad and funds.

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R. C. DRUM, Assistant Adjutant General.

U. S. GRANT,

General.

HEADQUARTERS THIRD MILITARY DISTRICT,
ATLANTA, GEORGIA, January 31, 1868.

General U. S. Grant, Washington, D. C.:

I am sorry to seem to be importunate, but the Convention presses me with their wants, and are making various propositions to raise money which, in the event of any action being had on my telegrams of the nineteenth instant, I am reluctant to accede to. I therefore, would like to hear what probability there is of my proposition and your recommendation being acted on.

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GEORGE G. MEADE,

R. C. DRUM, Assistant Adjutant General.

Major General.

WASHINGTON, D. C., February 1, 1868. Major General George G. Meade, Commanding Third Military District: Report of action on your dispatch of 19th January, was sent by mail several days ago. There is scarcely any hope of anything from here, of a pecuniary nature.

U. S. GRANT,

General.

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R. C. DRUM, Assistant Adjutant General.

HEADQUARTERS THIRD MILITARY DISTRICT,
ATLANTA, GEORGIA, January 21, 1868.

General U. S. Grant, Washington, D. C. :

I have received, through the President of the United States, a communication from the Governor of Florida, relating to the meeting of the Convention. May I ask you to show to the President my tele

grams on this subject, with your replies. I am advised to-day, by telegraph, that the Convention met yesterday and adjourned. (Signed) GEORGE G. MEADE,

Major General.

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R. Č. DRUM, Assistant Adjutant General.

WAR DEPARTMENT, WASHINGTON, D. C., January 25, 1868. Major General George G. Meade, Commanding Third Military District : Will it not be well to extend the number of days the Polls are to be kept open at the Alabama election, in order to give full opportunity to all who register, to vote? Two days will hardly be sufficient time.

It would be better to amend General Pope's order now, than after the election had commenced.

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(Signed) U. S. GRANT,

R. C. DRUM, Assistant Adjutant General.

General.

HEADQUARTERS THIRD MILITARY DISTRICT,
ATLANTA, GEORGIA, January 26, 1868.

General U. S. Grant, Washington, D. C. :

After reference to Commanding Officer, in Alabama, I have modified General Order No. 101, so as to allow four days for voting, and confined the number of precincts to not more than three, in any one county.

GEORGE G. MEADE,

(Signed)

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R. C DRUM, Assistant Adjutant General.

Major General.

WASHINGTON, D. C., February 5, 1868.

Major General George G. Meade, Commanding:

Your application in relation to the bill to be filed in the Supreme Court of the United States by Charles J. Jenkins, is received. Counsel will be employed and the matter attended to.

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(Signed) E. M. STANTON, Secretary of War.

R. C. DRUM, Assistant Adjutant General.

WASHINGTON, D. C., February 10, 1868.

Major General G. G. Meade:

Tell me the probable result of Alabama election.

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U. S. GRANT,

General.

HEADQUARTERS THIRD MILITARY DISTRICT,
ATLANTA, GEORGIA, February 10, 1868.

General U. S. Grant, Washington, D. C.:

I returned from Alabama yesterday. The election passed off without disorder of any kind. It is not practicable, as yet, to form any

accurate opinion of the vote, but indications would seem to show that it will not be greater than the vote cast for Convention, perhaps less, and if the registered vote has been much increased, the Constitution may be lost. In some of the Counties, no polls were opened-cause as yet unknown. In others, neither of the orders extending time of election were received. I am having a thorough investigation of these cases, and wherever I am satisfied the facilities required by the law have not been furnished, I shall re-open the polls, or have polls opened for a sufficient length of time to enable all who desire to vote to do so. GEORGE G. MEADE,

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R. C. DRUM, Assistant Adjutant General.

Major General.

WASHINGTON, D. C., February 12, 1868. Major General George G. Meade, Commanding Third Military District, Atlanta, Georgia:

Your dispatch, stating that you would investigate causes for nonholding of election, in parts of Alabama, and non-extension of time in others, and determination to give time hereafter, is right. We have nothing to do with defeat or success of the Constitution of Alabama; but it is the duty of the Military to see that all who are entitled to, should have an opportunity to express their will in the matter at the polls.

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(Signed) U. S. GRANT,

R. C. DRUM, Assistant Adjutant General.

General Grant, Washington, D. C. :

General.

FEBRUARY 12, 1868.

Out of forty-six delegates elected to the Convention of Florida, and ordered by General Pope to assemble at Tallahassee, forty appeared and organized. Subsequently, dissensions arose,-principally on the question of distribution of officers-when eighteen of the members withdrew from the Convention. The twenty-two left, proceeded to form a Constitution and have notified me of their having done so, and ask an order for an election, and await my action prior to adjourn ment. In the mean time, the eighteen seceders joined by three of the delegates who failed to appear at the original organization, making twenty-one elected members, have organized and sent a protest against the action of the original body, and claim they have twenty-four members present. Up to this time, I have declined to interfere with their dissensions or to allow the military power to intervene in aid of one or the other party, deferring any action till their proceedings required it on my part. I must now decide on the legality of the acts of twenty-two who present a Constitution. If this party had a majority of the original members elected, I would have no doubt of their status,-but they have not. They have a majority of the members present at the organization, but three are known to have since joined, and the seceders claim that six have joined them. In other words, are twenty-two members of a body to which forty-six were elected,

forty organized, and three subsequently appeared, competent to discharge the functions assigned by law to the Convention.

I should have gone to Florida but for the Alabama election, and shall now go so soon as affairs in Alabama will permit. I have used every effort by recommendations to produce harmony, and perhaps, unless otherwise advised by you, shall continue to refuse any action until sufficient number of the seceders shall return to the original body, so as to make their number a majority of the number elected. This will require the return of two of the Senators. Your views are asked as soon as possible. GEORGE G. MEADE,

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R. C. DRUM, Assistant Adjutant General.

Major General.

WASHINGTON, D. C., February 13, 1868. Major General George G. Meade, Commanding Third Military District, Atlanta, Georgia:

Has not the Convention of Florida expelled some of the members elect as ineligible to seats? If so, is not twenty-two members a quorum, and are not the expelled members among the seceders?

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U. S. GRANT,

General.

R. C. DRUM, Assistant Adjutant General.

WASHINGTON, D. C., February 13, 1868. Major General George G. Meade, Commanding Third Military District:

I suggest that you advise Florida Convention that their acts can not be recognized unless they are the acts of an undoubted quorum of the whole number of Delegates elected. Unless such a quorum open in their acts in a reasonable time, I would refer the whole matter, with all facts, to Congress. It will be well for you to go to Florida as soon as possible.

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U. S. GRANT,

General.

R. C. DRUM, Assistant Adjutant General.

WAR DEPARTMENT, WASHINGTON, D. C., February 28, 1868.

Major General George G. Meade, Commanding Third Military District, Atlanta, Georgia:

If any notice, subpoena, or other paper is served on you, in the Georgia case, give no answer whatever, other than to refer any party or paper to our Council, care of the Secretary of War. Give the same notice to Ruger and Rockwell.

(Signed)

U. S. GRANT,

General

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R. C. DRUM, Assistant Adjutant General.

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