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.