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Neal Dow Army Caps Transcript

To The Governor
Dear Sir –

I send you by express – a cap. Made by Byron Greenough & Co, for the 11th Reg’t.  The cloth is all wool. He asks to make them for the 13th. The cloth is all wool, indigo blue, resisting acid perfectly. Band of canvas instead of paper or pasteboard – Other caps have been made of cotton & wool – and logwood blue. Greenough is a thoroughly honest and reliable man in every way and I should be gratified by the order to him for the work.

I rec’d a telegram from S. S. Stearns making interest to be Adjutant of the 13th, referring me to Major Heseltine who was with me at the time. The Major characterized him as thoroughly unreliable in every respect.  I will not repeat in writing the strong epithets that he used: I tell you this as I think he will be pressing you for something.

I like Major H. very much.  He is a quiet modest man who has the work in him – mind as well as muscle. His notions in every respect [are] harmonious with mine – as to the service.

Truly yours,
Neal Dow

[P. S.] Senator Fessenden’s youngest son came to me today to ask for a position in the 13th.  He said his father did not wish him to go to the War at all, but said he would consent if he could get into the 13th.