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its duty if he had been suffered to escape arrest. As. Mr. S. has brought upon himself this intervention of the Government it strikes me as very proper that as a condition to the release of his property he should be required to reimburse the expenses which his detention and examination have occasioned.

Yours, very truly,

WM. M. EVARTS.

PHILADELPHIA, September 6, 1861.

Honorable WILLIAM H. SEWARD, Secretary of State, Washington.

SIR: I will thank you to give such orders that my papeers and letters may be returned to me as soon as possible. The letters directed to me here have I believe been sent to Washington. My address is box 2136, Philadelphia post-office.

I remain, very respectfully,

THOMAS S. SERRILL.

DEPARTMENT OF STATE, Washington, September 7, 1861.

E. DELAFIELD SMITH, Esq.,

U. S. Attorney for the Sothern District of New York.

SIR: Your letter of yesterday relative to the case of Serrill has been received. In reply I have to inform you that it is not deemed advisable for the Government to enter into any such stupulations with that person as those you mention. Any fair charge consequent upon his arrest and examination will therefore be allowed by the proper Departmetn. If you have any papers belonging to Serrill in you pessession please return them to him at Philadelphia.

I am, sir, your obedient servant,

WILLIAM H. SEWARD.

DEPARTMENT OF STATE, Washington, September 7, 1861.

THOMAS S. SERRILL, Esq., Philadelphia.

SIR: Your letter of yesterday has been received. In reply I am directed by the Secretary to inform you that the drafts or post notes found upon you were it is understood lodged with the Treasurer of the United States as a special deposit. If you will send hitler a person duly authorized to receive them this Department will recommend their restitution.

I am, sir, your obedient servant,

WM. HUNTER,

Chief Clerk.

OFFICE OF THE U. S. DISTRICT ATORNEY,

New York, September 9, 1861.

Honorable WILLIAM H. SEWARD.

SIR: I have received your letter of the 7th instant in relation to Serrill's case, and have written to him at Philadelphia asking in what way I shall transmit to him his account book and papers now in my possession.

I am, sir, with great respect, your obedient servant,

E. DELAFIELD SMITH,

U. S. District Attorney.