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Charles Løvenskiold to Edward Clark, October 10, 1861

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Charles Lovenskold to Edward Clark, October 1861

that he will be charged with on his Pay Roll. In other cases
they are taken for the very same reasons and sold to citizens at
an advance as a speculation, or perhaps too often even,
to raise the “wind” and “whiskey.” The next thing is, that
when you inspect a company after six months [sic] service, you
find 2/3 of the arms “lost or stolen.” By law strictly
enforced, as I before suggested, this could be remedied. You
might also impose heavy penalties on any citizen who would
trade or barter with a soldier for arms, accoutrements and
ammunition, and declare null and void all such sales.

Since my last to you, there are [sic] no additional news.
The confederate court is in session here; Judge Devine presiding,
B.F. Neal, Clerk; West District Atty. Mr Giddings of San
Antonio arrived last night. There are no arms to be had in
Tamaulipas owing to the internal Revolution. Fixed am-
munition and Powder however might be obtained from Governor
Vidauri at Monterey, but whether of good quality or not,
I am not informed. Coffee and Provisions are now
in Matamoras in abundance, but prices have not come down
much. For cash, coffee can be bought at 23 cts by the quantity[.]

As regards the Salt Lake, I have prosecuted my
enquiries still further, and find nothing to change or modify
the opinions heretofore expressed upon the subject.

I have the honor, to be Sir,
very respectfully
Your obt Sevt
Chas Løvenskiold

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Charles Løvenskiold to Edward Clark, October 10, 1861. Records of Governor Edward Clark.

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