The Raleigh Register of yesterday contains the following letter from Gen. Burnside to the notorious traitor Charles Henry Foster. The Register copies this letter from a stray number of the Newbern Progress of the 21st of April, a paper, it will be remembered which is published by the Yankees in Newbern. This letter leaves no doubt on our mind that Edward Stanly has been offered byLincolnthe appointment of Provisional Governor of North Carolina.
Should he accept the appointment, we hope he may meet the fate which all traitors to the land of their birth deserve.—that is, one end of a rope around his neck, with the other tied to a swinging limb.
It will be seen that Gen. Burnside takes Foster “smooth of above the knees.”
Headquarters, Department of N.C. }
Newbern, April 21, 1862 }
CHAS. HENRY FOSTER, ESQ.,
Sir, – I see by the “Newbern Progress,” of Saturday morning, that you propose to speak in a political assemblage in this place on Wednesday next, which I think would be very unwise in you to do, and decidedly unwise in me to allow.
You occupy no official political position in the State, as was evinced by the refusal of the House of Representatives to grant you a seat in that body.
The President of the United States has very wisely appointed a Provisional Governor for this State, who is a native thereof, and was at one time, one of its most prominent and influential citizens, and represents at this moment the views and feelings of a majority of the people of the State of NorthCarolina.
The Government will doubtless indicate its civil policy to Gov. Stanly and I cannot consent in the meantime to embarrass either him or the Government by initiating myself or allowing any one else to initiate any civil policy. From my own inexperience in matters of this kind, I am sufficiently embarrasses already in taking note of civil ____ that absolutely require immediate attention. The occupation ofNorthCarolinathus far, is entirely military.
Another very serious objection to the assembling of such a meeting as you propose is that I have never been informed by any one that it was in contemplation. None of the citizens have represented to me that they desire a meeting of this kind and officers and soldiers of the army have no right to originate or organize political assemblages.
Then to say that I do not question the honesty or disinterestedness of your intention, but the wisdom of you course is to me clearly open to criticism, and the meeting cannot be allowed to assemble.
A. E. BURNSIDE,
Maj. Gen., CommandingDept.N.C.
Source: Greensborough Patriot, May 22, 1862 as found in Confederate Newspaper Project