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has a most intimate knowledge of the wishes, opinions, feelings, and thoughts of the people of the State of Louisiana upon the question of slavery as interwoven with the integrity of the Union.

I am, most truly, your obedient servant,

BENJ. F. BUTLER,

Major-General, Commanding.

(A similar letter to Secretary of State, July 29.)

SPECIAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. DEPARTMENT OF THE GULF, No. 228.

New Orleans, July 30, 1862.

The further publication of the New Orleans Commercial Bulletin is suspended, and the office, its properties, fixtures, books and papers are sequestered for the action of the United States Government, and the editor will be imprisoned at Fort Jackson till further orders.

By order of Major-General Butler:

R. S. DAVIS,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE GULF,

New Orleans, La., July 31, 1862.

Count MEJAN, Consul of France, New Orleans:

SIR: I have arrested Charles Heidsick, who smuggled himself across my lines in the disguise of a bar-keeper to the Natchez, a boat with flag of truce.

Heidsick has now come back as a supposed bearer of dispatches through my lines once more. He desires that you should be informed of his arrest.

Respectfully, yours,

BENJ. F. BUTLER.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. DEPARTMENT OF THE GULF, No. 235.

New Orleans, La., July 31, 1862.

The Picayune newspaper having published an editorial article in to-day's issue directly in violation of the proclamation of the commanding general of May 1, reflecting upon the officers and tending to influence the public mind against the Government of the United States, the publication of said paper is discontinued until the publishers and editors shall severally exhibit their loyalty by taking the oath of allegiance, and the office with its properties, presses, books, and papers are sequestered until further action of the Government of the United States.

by order of Major-General Butler:

R. S. DAVIS,

Captain, Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

WAR DEPARTMENT,

Washington, D. C., August 1, 1862.

Hon. GIDEON WELLES,

Secretary of the Navy:

SIR: The Secretary of War directs me to acknowledge the receipt