War of the Rebellion: Serial 115 Page 0628 PRISONERS OF WAR, ETC.

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DEPARTMENT OF STATE, Washington, September 3, 1861.

THURLOW WEED, R. M. BLATCHFORD, and ROBERT MURRAY, Esqs.

GENTLEMEN: Your letter* relating to the case of * * * William Patrick has been received. * * * Smith & Patrick are agents of an illegal and treasonable European correspondence. Smith is in Europe and Patrick is enlightened by many intercepted letters in possession of the Department. He cannot be released.

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

WILLIAM H. SEWARD.

OFFICE OF SUPT. OF METROPOLITAN POLICE,

New York, September 3, 1861.

Lieutenant Colonel MARTIN BURKE, Fort Hamilton.

SIR: By order of the Secretary of State I send you in charge of Mr. Inspector Carpenter Mr. J. C. Rahming, of 36 South street, New York to be detained at Fort Lafayette. You will please remit by Mr. Carpenter a receipt for his body.

Very respectfully,

JOHN A. KENNEDY,

Superintendent.

DEPARTMENT OF STATE, Washington, September 5, 1861.

Right Honorable Lord LYONS, &c.:

The Secretary of State presents his compliments to Lord Lyons and with reference to his unofficial note of this date* has the honor to inform him that directions have been given in the proper quarter to extend to William Patrick any indulgence which his health may require and which is not incompatible with his safe-keeping.

DEPARTMENT OF STATE, Washington, September 5, 1861.

Colonel MARTIN BURKE, Fort Hamilton, N. Y.:

The British minister represents that the health of William Patrick is endangered by the manner in which he is confined at night. Should this be so give him any indulgence which you can compatibly with his safety.

WILLIAM H. SEWARD.

DEPARTMENT OF STATE, Washington, September [11], 1861.

Right Honorable Lord LYONS, &c.

MY LORD: I have read the communication* of Mr. Archibald to you concerning the case of William Patrick. Intercepted correspondence, letters to Smith, of the house of Smith & Patrick, and similar letters addressed to the care of that firm show that the house has been made a channel for communication between insurgent citizens of the United States at home and their correspondents and agents who are in Europe engaged in procuring munitions of war for the overthrow of this Government.

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