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This memorandum, prepared to-day, will be sent to General Taylor, with the following correction noted, (which is supplied above:) the addition of the Missouri regiment to the 1st brigade of the 21 division, omitted in the Secretary's memorandum yesterday-being now supplied, July 18.

R. JONES, Adjutant General.

No. 16.

ADJUTANT GENERAL'S OFFICE,

Washington, July 29, 1846. GENERAL: I respectfully enclose for your information a copy of the communication of the acting governor of Texas to the Secretary of War, dated June 23, from which it appears that the quota of volunteers called for from that State will not, in all probability, be obtained. I also enclose a copy of my letter to Colonel Harney upon the same subject.

The general-in-chief has several times inquired of me if his letter to you, sent direct, in his own name, dated May 18, had ever been acknowledged; and repeating the inquiry to-day, my reply was, as heretofore, that its receipt had not been acknowledged, as seen by your correspondence with this office. The communications from this office to you have, I believe, been uniformly noticed. The one referred to above, from the general-in-chief, under his own sign manual, I had supposed might have been answered direct; but as this appears not to be the case, I apprehend the letter of May 18 may never have reached you. I am, general, very respectfully, &c.,

R. JONES, Adjutant General. Major General Z. TAYLOR,

Commanding the army in Mexico, Matamoras.

[The following is a copy of the communication from the governor pro tempore of Texas to the Secretary of War, referred to in the above letter.-R. J.]

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State of Texas, Executive DEPARTMENT,

Austin, June 23, 1846. Sir: Your communication of the 16th May last was duly received, but a temporary absence from the seat of government will account for my not having answered it until the present time.

You, no doubt, ere this have been officially informed by General Taylor of his requisition on this State for four regiments of volunteer riflemen, two of mounted and two of foot, to serve for the term of six months, unless sooner discharged; also, the requisition of Brevet Colonel Harney, commanding at San Antonio, for seven

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companies for the protection of the southwestern frontier; making an aggregate of three thousand men.

Those required by General Taylor, from every information, are now mustered into service at head-quarters of the army. The latter have all reported to the adjutant general of the State, and will in a few days to Colonel Harney, to be mustered into service and for orders.

While the executive of the State feels certain of the promptness with which âny call made upon her militia would be unhesitatingly responded to, the sparseness of our population, the exposed condition of our extensive line of frontier, together with the recent petition from citizens of several frontier counties for two companies of mounted men for their protection, in consequence of recent hostile demonstrations having been made, notwithstanding the treaty recently [made by the commissioners of the United States, obliges me to request that the requisition be made upon some other State or States.

Although there is no immediate apprehensions, we are all alike exposed to the attacks of marauding bands of Mexicans and disaffected prairie Indians.

Your request relating to the organization of companies and regiments has been attended to by publishing in the newspapers of this place, and shall be strictly observed. I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

A. C. HORTON,

Governor, pro tempore. Hon. W. L. Marcy,

Secretary of War.

[The following is a copy of the communication to Colonel Harney, referred to in the foregoing letter from the Adjutant General to General Taylor of July 29, 1846—R. J.]

ADJUTANT GENERAL'S OFFICE,

Washington, July 24, 1846. COLONEL: It is seen from the communication of the lieutenant governor of Texas, of the 23d ultimo, to the Secretary of War, that you have made a requisition on that State for seven companies of volunteers, which force, it is also stated, was at that date fully raised and nearly in readiness to join you at San Antonia de Bexar.

Although you were not authorized to call for volunteers or mi. litia into the service of the United States, yet, as your requisition has been thus answered by the governor of Texas, l am directed by the Secretary of War to inform you that the force thus furnished

• This was a mistake, for it appears that Colonel Harney was authorized by General Tay. lor 10 call for what volunteer force he did make requisition for, which fact was brought to the notice of the Adjutant General in a letter of the general's of a subsequent date to the within.

R. JONES. ADJUTANT GENERAL': OFFICE, September 6, 1846.

may be received in lieu of the force required under the requisition from the War Department. It will be necessary, however, that you take immediate steps to re-enrol these troops (if mustered into service; if not, to muster them accordingly)" to serve for twelve months or during the war, unless sooner discharged,” agreeably to the terms of the act approved May 13, 1846. Unless this change be made in the term of service fo: which they have engaged to serve, they cannot be retained, but must be discharged, as it is not lawful to enrol and receive volunteers for any period less than twelve months.

The governor of Texas has been corresponded with to the same effect. I am, sir, &c.,

R. JONES,

Adjutant General. Brevet Colonel W. S. HARNEY, 2d dragoons,

Commanding at San Antonio de Bexar, Texas.

No. 17.

ADJUTANT GENERAL'S OFFICE,

Washington, July 30, 1846. GENERAL: To enable the paymaster to deduct from the volunteers advances made to them by their respective States, before being mustered into the service of the United States, it will be necessary that the amount required to be deducted to reimburse the States which have made such advances, be charged to each volunteer on the first muster-rolls. This can only be done by the officers who make out the rolls, as in the case of deductions made from the United States troops. To accomplish the end in view, I am instructed by the Secretary of War to direct that you will please to give all the necessary orders and instructions to the officers of the volunteer corps, the mustering and inspecting officers, and the pay

I respectfully enclose, for your information, a copy of the Paymaster General's letter of this date to the Secretary of War on the subject, which presents the case more in detail. I am, general, very respectfully, &c.,

R. JONES,

Adjutant General. Major General Z. TAYLOR,

Matamoras, Mexico.

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[The following is a copy of the Paymaster General's letter referred to in the Adjutant General's letter to Major General Taylor of July 30, 1846.-R. J.]

PAYMASTER GENERAL'S OFFICE, July 30, 1846. Sir: To enable paymasters to deduct from the volunteers the advances made to them by their respective States, before they were received into the service of the United States, it will be necessary that the amount to be deducted should be charged, to each volunteer on the muster rolls, as in the case of deductions required to be made from the United States troops. This can only be done by the officers who make out the rolls.

The governors of some of the States have furnished statements of the expenses incurred in fitting out volunteers and getting them to places of rendezvous, and of the sums advanced to them. I shall furnish the senior paymaster, serving with the troops, statements of the deductions to be made from them on account of such expenses and advances, as soon as I obtain them from the accounting officers who are preparing them; but I fear this will be too late for the first muster and inspection, and it is highly important that the deductions should be made at the first payment. I would, therefore, respectfully suggest, that the officers commanding regiments and companies be instructed to have the amount required to be deducted charged to each volunteer on the muster rolls. It is presumed the officers commanding regiments know what advances were made to the field and staff officers of their regiments, and that the captains know the advances made to their companies, and, of course, what deductions should be made. It is the special duty of the mustering and inspecting officers to see that the rolls contain the information which is to govern the payment, and that nothing important is omitted. I shall instruct the paymasters to furnish the inspectors such information as I may be able to communicate from time to time, by which means they can correct mistakes and supply omissions in the muster rolls. The inspectors can best instruct volunteer officers how the rolls are to be prepared; and if that is done in time, much trouble and difficulty in seitling the advances made by States will be prevented. Respectfully, your obedient servant,

N. TOWSON, P. M. G. Hon. W. L. MARCY,

Secretary of War.

No. 18.

ADJUTANT GENERAL'S OFFICE,

Washington, August 13, 1846. GENERAL: Pursuant to the instructions of the Secretary of War, you will please to assign one of the brigadier generals, who have been ordered to report to you, to duty with the volunteer force ordered to concentrate at San Antonio de Bexar, with instructions to report in person to Brigadier General Wool, the commander of the centre division.

One of the brigadier generals would have been ordered direct from this office at an earlier day to San Antonio, but it could not be ascertained until near the close of the late session of Congress what other appointments might not be made, upon which, of course, in some degree would depend the most suitable selection. I am, general, very respectfully, &c.,

R. JONES,

Adjutant General. Major General Z. TAYLOR,

Commanding, &c., Matamoras, Mexico.

No. 19.

ADJUTANT GENERAL'S OFFICE,

Washington, August 20, 1846. GENERAL: As the act of June 18 allows an additional second lieutenant to each vnlunteer company in the service of the United States, I'am directed by the Secretary of War to say, that when such additional second lieutenants may be present with the troops, and duly commissioned by the authorities of the State in which the company has been raised, and present themselves to be mustered into the service of the United States, you will receive and muster them accordingly: I am, general, very respectfully, &c.,

R. JONES,

Adjutant General. Major General Z. TAYLOR,

Commanding, &c., Matamoras, Mexico.

No. 20.

ADJUTANT GENERAL'S OFFICE,

Washington, August 22, 1846. GENERAL: Your intention to retain Colonel P. F. Smith, of the mounted rifle regiment, reported in your letter of July 25, is fully approved by the general-in-chief, being in conformity with the instructions from this office when the colonel received his commission. In like consideration of the public service, Colonel Clarke, recently promoted to the 6th, (stationed in the Cherokee country,) was directed (Angust 14) “ to continue on duty with the army in

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