OFFICE SUPERINTENDENT METROPOLITAN POLICE,
New York, August 26, 1861.
Honorable WILLIAM H. SEWARD:
A man named Samuel J. Anderson, of Georgia, who has been hodling place in the custom-house and sheriff's office in this city for several years, and who acknowledges himself to me as devoted to the fortunes of Mr. Stephes, of Georgia, has during the summer made one visit to the south, and on his return was the person who brought the proceedings before Judge Garrison to release the Baltimore [police] commissioners. * He is about to leave again for the South. Had he not better be detained?
JOHN A. KENNEDY,
DEPARTMENT OF STATE, Washington, August 26, 1861.
Lieutenant General WINFIELD SCOTT, Washington.
GENERAL: I will thank you to direct Colonel Martin Burke to receive Samuel J. Anderson, of Georgia, whose arrest at New York has been directed.
I have the honor to be, general, your obedient servant,
WILLIAM H. SEWARD.
OFFICE OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF POLICE,
New York, August 27, 1861.
Lieutenant Colonel M. BURKE.
SIR: By direction from the Secretary of State I send to you for safe custody Mr. Samuel J. Anderson, formerly of Georgia. Mr. Inspector Leonard who accompanies him will deliver him to you.
JOHN A. KENNDY,
FORT LAFAYETTE, August 31, 1861.
Colonel MARTIN BURKE, Present.
SIR: I have taken the liberty of writing to the President-being personally known to him-and have taken the further liberty of sealing the letter, being under the impression that such was the proper course, &c. If, however, I am mistaken may I request you, sir, to read the letter and forward it, &c.
Very respectfully, &c.,
S. J. ANDERSON.
FORT HAMILTON, New York Harbor, August 31, 1861.
Colonel E. D. TOWNSEND, Assistant Adjutant-General, &c.
SIR: As Mr. Anderson requests me to send a sealed letter to His Excellency the President of the United States contrary to our relations I have opened the letter, and seeing nothing wrong in it I respectfully forward it to you.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
*See Volume I, this series, p. 619 et seq., for case of the Baltimore police commissioners. No record of the proceedings before Judge Garrison can be found.