OFFICE UNION DEFENSE COMMITTEE OF THE CITIZENS OF NEW YORK,
New York, June 17, 1861.
Honorable SIMON CAMERON, Secretary of War, Washington, D. C.
DEAR SIR: Lord Lyons upon a letter of recommendation from Mr. Bunch, consul at charleston, S. C. (or perhaps a pass or passport from him), has given as pass to a young man by the name of Quillen, who resides at Charleston, S. C., and is in the employ of Lambert & Howell, of that city. Mr. Quillen is here endeavoing to get a supply of military equipments to send to t he South and has made arrangemetns with several men to go South and manufacture knapsacks, &c. There are he says many men sent here in this way under the passport of Mr. Bunch and with the indorsement of lord Lyons. I presume they have deceived the representatives of Great Britain but it can do no harm to let them know of this abuse of t hier complisance.
Your obedient servant,
DEPARTMENT OF STATE, Washington, June 18, 1861.
SIMEON DRAPER, Esq., New York:
No passport is a protection for treason. If you have reliable evidence of facts arrest Quillen, passport or no passport. Hereafter no dimplomatic or consular passport will be good unless countersigned by me.
WILLIAM H. SEWARD.
[JUNE --, 1861.]
Mr. MONSON, British Legation.
DEAR SIR: I called at the State Department (by request) at 2. 30 o'clock to get my passporr signed. Instead I have been arrested and lodged in tis d-d jail. If you would see to my case you would much oblige,
Very respectfully, yours, &c.,
P. M. QUILLEN.
WASHINGTON, D. C., June 26, 1861.
General J. K. F. MANSFIELD,
Commanding Department of Washington.
GENERAL: The inclosed are all the papers* found upon the person or among the baggage of Mr. Quillen, arrested by me on your order and lodged in jail.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
S. H. STARR,
Captain Second Dragoons.
He was arrested at the State Department.
DEPARTMENT OF STATE, Washington, June 28, 1861.
SIMEON DRAPER, New York:
Send hither at once any witnesses to the facts in regard to Quillen spoken of in your note to Mr. Cameron of the 17th. He was alleged to be bying equipments and hiring men to make them for Confederate troops.
WILLIAM H. SEWARD.
*The only paper inlcosed is a lsip with the address: "Myer Phineas, from New York. "