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3rd to be held here as prisoners of war for an indefinite time short of clothes and covering his cold weather, and without funds or means of procuring the necessary articles for our comfort.

Yours, respectfully,

JOHN J. GARVIN.

DEPARTMENT OF STATE, Washington, December 28, 1861.

Colonel JUSTIN DIMICK, Fort Warren, Boston.

COLONEL: It is thought advisable by the military authorities here that two female prisoners confiend in this city should be transferred to Fort Warren for safe-keeping. Will you if possible make the necessary arrangements and inform this Department when you are ready to received them?

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

F. W. SEWARD,

Assistant Secretary.

DEPARTMENT OF STATE, Washington, December 28, 1861.

ROBERT MURRAY, Esq., U. S. Marshal, New York.

SIR: Your letter of the 19th instant has been received. You are instructed to release from custody the three prisoners, viz, John Q. A. Butler, Henry Sutter and Arthur McAbey, crew of the price ship Lida.

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

F. W. SEWARD,

Assistant Secretary.

DEPARTMENT OF STATE, Washington, December 28, 1861.

ROBERT MURRAY, Esq., U. S. Marshal, New York.

SIR: Your letter of the 19th instant relative to the crew of the English bark Empress is received. Release from custody the following-named prisoners: Michael O'Brien, William Sanger, William Jones, James Hopkinson, Arthur Wardle, William Cuthbert, George Watt, the crew of the vessel above referred to.

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

F. W. SEWARD,

Assistant Secretary.

ATTORNEY-GENERAL'S OFFICE, December 30, 1861.

Hon. SECRETARY OF WAR.

SIR: A few days ago you did me the honor to refer for my consideration and advice a letter of General Buell* addressed to Adjutant-General Thomas and by him transmitted to you.

I do not wonder that General Buell is put to difficulty about "the disposition of prisoners accused of giving aid to the enemy. " I share in that difficulty, and mainly because in these disordered times it is hard to draw the exact ine of separation between the different kinds of arrests as distinguished by their different purposes and objects - that is judicial arrest whose only object is to secure the presence of

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*See Buell to Thomas, December 5, p. 170.

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