DEPARTMENT OF STATE, Washington, September 16, 1861.
SETH C. HAWLEY, Esq., New York.
MY DEAR SIR: I inclose herewith the papers relating to the case of Marcus Cicero Stanley, a prisoner now confined in Fort Lafayette. Will you please give these papers an early examination and return them to this Department with your opinion on the case?
Yours, very truly,
F. W. SEWARD,
U. S. MARSHAL'S OFFICE, New York, September 16, 1861.
Hon. WILLIAM H. SEWARD, Secretary of State, Washington.
SIR: Having received several communications* in regard to the arrest of Marcus C. Stanley I deem it my duty to inclose them to you without expressing any opinion of my own in relation to them.
Yours, very respectfully,
U. S. Marshal.
DEPARTMENT OF STATE, Washington, September 17, 1861.
JOHN A. KENNEDY, Esq.,
Superintedent of Police, New York.
DEAR SIR: * * * Mr. Hawley, of the police, has been employed to investigate the case of Stanley, respecting which nothing further can be done until a report shall have been received. You are probably aware that was arrested upon a charge of dissuading peresons from enlisting.
I am, yours, truly,
WILLIAM H. SEWARD.
CENTRAL DEPARTMENT OF THE METROPOLITAN POLICE, New York, September 18, 1861.
F. W. SEWARD,
Assistant Secretary of State of the United States.
DEAR SIR: Yours of the 16th instant with inclosures relating to the case of M. C. Stanley is received. The papers inclosed that relate to Stanley's case are an affidavit of Charles Diamond and one of Andrew Sheehan. I notice other papers among the inclosures which relate to the case of John K. Millner. + They do not seem to be connected with the question of Stanley's guilt or innocence.
If it should be proved that Stanley had succeeded in breking up the regiment which was to have been commanded by Andrew Sheehan, as is charged in his affidavit, he might nevertheless be loyal to the United States Government. Large numbers of the best citizens of New York were indisposed to have a regiment go forward organized, composed and commanded as that was. I believe the State Military Board were of the same way of thinking. The affidavit of Charles Diamond is
*Omitted; they were affidavits and statements of prominen citizens of New York establishing the loyalty of Stanley.
+See case of Millner, p. 749 et seq.
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