PROVIDENCE, R. I., October 4, 1861.
F. W. SEWARD:
Neither Marshal Sanfordnor myself have any papers belonging to De Bebian. I have never had any knowledge of the case.
U. S. District Attorney.
DEPARTMENT OF STATE, Washington, October 4, 1861.
Colonel MARTIN BURKE, Fort Hamilton, N. Y.:
L. de Bebian, late a prisoner at Fort Lafayette, may be finally discharged from custody.
WILLIAM H. SEWARD.
FORT HAMILTON, October 4, 1861.
Honorable WILLIAM H. SEWARD, Secretary of State.
SIR: Your dispatch of this date has this moment arrived. M. de Bebian has been absent some days o leave. According to your instructions his name will be stricken from the roll of prisoners at Fort Lafayette.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
DEPARTMENT OF STATE, Washington, October 5, 1861.
S. W. MACY, Esq., Collector of Customs, Newport, R. I.:
Have you the letters found upon the person of the Frenchman De Bebian, referred to in your dispatch of August 17 to the Secretary of the Navy? If so please send them to this Department immediately.
WILLIAM H. SEWARD.
NEWPORT, R. I., October 7, 1861.
WILLIAM H. SEWARD, Secretary of State:
Telegraph received; all papers found on L. de BEbian were sent August 19. No mail till evening; will then write you.
S. W. MACY,
DISTRICT AND PORT OF NEWPORT, R. I.,
Collector's Office, October 7, 1861.
Honorable WILLIAM H. SEWARD,
Secretary of State, Washington, D. C.
SIR: Your telegraph dispatch of the 5th was received too late to answer on that day. Herewith Iforward you a list* of all the papers which were forwarded you on the 19th of August, the receipt of which you acknowledged by telegraph August 21. The package sent at that time contained all the papers found upon L. de Bebian the French passenger on board schooner Adelso. The letter referred to in my dispatch of August 17 was the one to Brown, Shipley & Co., from O. G. Parsly