But Abraham's draft is universally well received and has hurried up the volunteering at once. When it is filled, nearly half our military population in Massachusetts will be under arms. . . . Gov. Andrew is sentimentally opposed to a regular draft, a very absurd opposition. I think there are already evidences that he means to call out the volunteer militia for nine months, instead of bravely taking by lot his 15,000 men.
SOURCE: Edward Everett Hale Jr., The Life and Letters of Edward Everett Hale, Volume 1, p. 330-1