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Department of the Pacific,
Benicia, June 5th, 1856.
To His Excellency J. Neely Johnson, Governor of California.,
Sir: I had the honor to receive last evening your communication of the 4th inst. By Colonel E. A. Rowe.
In reply I would remark that, on examination of the laws of Congress, I find that no person has the authority to grant the request therein presented but the President of the United States. In a recent contest in Kansas Territory, somewhat analogous to that which you state exists in the city of San Francisco, on application, I believe, of the governor of the Territory for arms and ammunition to aid in suppressing it, the President refused to grant them.
Under these circumstances am constrained to decline granting your requisition.
I am, very respectfully,
Your obedient servant