Washington, May 21, 1861.
I shall not try to thank you for all you have done for me during the last ten days — I felt it more yesterday on getting letters . . . one from yourself, one from Judge Hoar, and one from home. Still, I do not change my purpose about going into the Artillery, and am only sorry that there has been a misunderstanding. . . . I thought I had made it clear to Judge Hoar, and clearer to Mr. Burt, that I would do what I could for a short time, but only until the right man could be sent out permanently. He should be a man of age and weight, — should be able to put the screws on Cameron occasionally.
SOURCE: Edward Waldo Emerson, Life and Letters of Charles Russell Lowell, p. 208-9