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against the authority of the Government of the United States, and that others are engaged in transporting gunpowder across the State for the insurrectionists. You will please confer with the U. S. district attorney and arrest and commit to military custody any such persons and report to this Department.

I am, sir, obedient servant,

WILLIAM H. SEWARD.

DEPARTMENT OF STATE, Washington, October 21, 1861.

W. H. F. GURLEY, Esq.,

U. S. District Attorney, Davenport, Iowa.

SIR: Your communication of the 9th instant addressed to the Honorable Caleb B. Smith, Secretary of the Interior, and by him referred to this Department has been received. In reply I have to inform you that instructions have this day been issued from this Department addressed to the U. S. marshal for the district of Iowa directing him to confer with you and arrest and commit to military custody any persons disloyal and co-operating with the insurrectionists and report to this Department.

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

F. W. SEWARD,

Acting Secretary.

DEPARTMENT OF STATE, Washington, October 21, 1861.

Colonel G. LOOMIS, U. S. Army,

Commanding, &c., Fort Columbus, N. Y.

COLONEL: You will please release J. W. Cornelland E. E. Cornell, prisoners of war confined at Fort Columbus, New York Harbor, on their engaging upon oath not to leave the State of New York during the present hostilities without permission from the Secretary of State nor to hold any treasonable correspondence themselves nor be concerned in any nor to do any act hostile or injurious to the Government of the United States, and report to this Department.

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

F. W. SEWARD,

Acting Secretary of State.

DEPARTMENT OF STATE, Washington, October 21, 1861.

SAMUEL HILL, Esq.,

Postmaster, Deer Creek, Pickaway County, Ohio.

SIR: Your communication of September 7, ultimo, in reference to the treasonable conduct of the Circleville Watchman addressed to the Honorable Simon Cameron, Secretary of War, and by him referred to this Department has been received. In reply I have to request that if the journal referred to continues in the course complained of you will forward some recent numbers to me by mail.

I am, sir, your obedient servant,

F. W. SEWARD,

Acting Secretary.