September 3d 1861|
|HON. E. B. WASHBURN|
Your very kind letter 1 was received at Jefferson City and would have been answered at once but for the remark that you were about to start for New York City 2 and would not receive it for some days. I should be most pleased to have you pay me the visit here, or where ever els I may be, that you spoke of paying me there.
In regard to the appointment of Mr. Rawlins I never had an idea of withdrawing it so long as he felt disposed to accept no matter how long his absence. Mr. Rawlins was the first one I decided upon for a place with me and I very much regret that family affliction has kept him away so long. 3 The past would have been a good shool of instruction for him in his new duties; the future bids fair to try the back bone of our volunteers. I have been kept actively moving from one command to another, more so perhaps than any other officer. So long as I am of service to the cause of our country I do not object however.
Gen. Frémont has seen fit to entrust me with an important command here, my command embracing all the troops in South East Missouri and at this place. —A little difficulty of an unpleasant nature has occured between Gen. Prentiss and myself relative to rank, he refusing to obey my orders, but it is to be