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opinion will be protected if they do not engage in giving aid in any manner to the enemies of our country.

I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

OLIVER D. GREENE,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

DEPARTMENT OF STATE, Washington, September 28, 1861.

Honorable MONTGOMERY BLAIR,

Postmaster-General, Washington.

SIR: I transit herewith* information placed in my hands in reference to the Plymouth Democrat, published at Plymouth, Ind., and I recommend that the circulation of that journal in the mails of the United States may be prohibited.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

WILLIAM H. SEWARD.

DEPARTMENT OF STATE, Washington, September 28, 1861.

SAMUEL BLATCHFORD, Esq., New York.

SIR: I have directed Colonel Loomis, the officer in command at Fort Columbus, to permit you to make a single visit in the presence of an officer to the prisoner George Armistead Appleton. Fearing the precedent will lead to much inconvenience if not abuse I have reluctantly granted the permission requested.

I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

WILLIAM H. SEWARD.

FORT HAMILTON, New York Harbor, September 28, 1861.

Colonel E. D. TOWNSEND,

Asst. Adjt. General, Hdqrs. of the Army, Washington City.

SIR: From a private letter received yesterday by a near relative of mine in New York I suspect some new intrugues of the friends of the State prisoners are going on. The old game of the county [?] will be tried to be started but I shall be circumspect and wary. I think it would have a bad effect to change the commanding officer or to make any alternation at Fort Lafayette. Mr. Seward's and the General-in-Chief's orders to the letter and spirit can be carried out without any change. I consider Mr. Wood as regards Lafayette an institution, and I desire that the high authorities at Washington would let him have his wife there.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

MARTIN BURKE,

Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding.

FORT HAMILTON, September 29, 1861.

Colonel E. D. TOWNSEND,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Headquarters of the Army.

SIR: I have heard unofficially, verbally and perhaps incorrectly that a very wealthy man recently released from Fort Lafayette has been

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