at this place for the present. You will please inform such persons that it will be unless for them to come here with the expectation of being forwarded, and it is desirable that they should not come. When this prohibition is removed you will be notified by the major-general commanding.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
WM. D. WHIPPLE,
DEPARTMENT OF STATE, Washington, October 16, 1861.
Major General JOHN A. DIX, Fort McHenry, Baltimore.
GENERAL: I communicate four intercepted letters* which have been received here from the Post-Office Department, and would suggest that Isaac G. Mask at least, the writer of those numbered 1 and 2, be arrested and sent to Fort Lafayette.
I am, general, your very obedient servant,
WILLIAM H. SEWARD.
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF PENNSYLVANIA,
Baltimore, Md., October 16, 1861.
Honorable WILLIAM H. SEWARD, Secretary of State.
SIR: I was glad to get the intercepted letters just received, one of which us signed Isaac G. Mask. I have had this man's letters for a month but they were all signed I. G. M., and with all our efforts we have been unable to identify him. I have ordered his arrest and will send him to Fort Lafayette to-morrow. He ought to be hanged. His is a clear case of treason as defined by the Constitution.
I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
JOHN A. DIX,
DEPARTMENT OF STATE, Washington, October 17, 1861.
Colonel LOOMIS, Fort Columbus, N. Y.
COLONEL: You are authorized to allow any duly accredited member of the U. S. sanitary Commission to visit the prisoners under your charge.
I am, colonel, your obedient servant,
WILLIAM H. SEWARD.
(Same to Lieutenant Colonel M. Burke, Fort Hamilton, N. Y.)
HEADQUARTERS OF THE NAVY, Numbers 172.
Washington, October 17, 1861.
1. Bvt. Colonel J. Dimick, U. S. Army, will repair without delay to Fort Warren, Boston Harbor, and assume command of that post. He will receive instructions on his arrival at Boston.
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By command of Lieutenant-General Scott:
E. D. TOWNSEND,
* Not found.