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thank you to order him into confinement at Fort Hamilton, New York Harbor, or some other U. S. fort. He is now in the Tombs at New York but I have directed the marshal of the United States to deliver him to your order.

I have the honor to be, general, your obedient servant,

WILLIAM H. SEWARD.

DEPARTMENT OF STATE, Washington, July 10, 1861.

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

SIR: I have requested Lieutenant-General Scott to transfer Purcell M. Quillen now confined in the Tombs at New York to Fort Hamilton. You will consequently deliver him for that purpose on applicatio of the proper officer.

I am, sir, your obedient servant,

WILLIAM H. SEWARD.

HEADQUARTERS OF THE ARMY,

Washington, July 11, 1861.

Colonel C. F. SMITH, U. S. Army,

Commanding Fort Columbus, New York.

SIR: The Secretary of State having requested that Purcell M. Quillen, a British subject, who is now confined in the Tombs in New York City as a political offender, may be detained in custody for the present by military authority the General-in-Chief accordingly directs that you received him from the U. S. marshal, who is instructed to deliver him on this order, and confine him to a room at Fort Columbus under a guard until further orders.

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

E. D. TOWNSEND,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS OF THE ARMY,

Washington, July 20, 1861.

Colonel C. F. SMITH, U. S. Army,

Commanding Fort Columbus, New York.

SIR: The General-in-Chief directs that Purcell M. Quillen and Edward Seymour Ruggles, prisoners for political offenses, be set to Fort Lafayette and reported to Lieutenant Colonel Martin Burke.

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

E. D. TOWNSEND,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

OFFICE OF THE U. S. DISTRICT ATTORNEY,

New York, July 23, 1861.

Honorable WILLIAM H. SEWARD.

DEAR SIR: A writ of habeas corpus in the case of Purcell M. Quillen has just been granted directed to the military officer in charge at Governor's Island, returnable on Thursday at 12. Judge Shipman who granted the writ did so very reluctantly, and I say to you in confidence that rebellion and treason will obtain no aid and comfort from

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