DEPARTMENT OF STATE, Washington, December 28, 1861.
BEN. M. SAMUELS, Esq., Dubuque, Iowa.
SIR: Application has been made to this Department by the Honorable James Harlan for permissionfor you to see the correspondence of George. W. Jones, a prisoner now confined in Fort Lafayette. In reply I have to state the rules at present adopted by the Department forbid compliance with your request.
I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
F. W. SEWARD,
DEPARTMENT OF STATE, Washington, January 10, 1862.
Honorable JAMES W. GRIMES, U. S. Senate.
SIR: Your letter of the 7th instant* requesting information in regard to the ground upon which George W. Jones was arrested has been received. In reply I am directed by the Secretary of State to say that he was arrested upon a charge that while holding the position of minister of the United States in New Granada he was engaged in treasonable correspondence with Jefferson Davis and other persons engaged in a conspiracy against this Government.
I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
F. W. SEWARD.
WAR DEPARTMENT, Washington, February 21, 1862.
Lieutenant Colonel MARTIN BURKE,
Fort Lafayette, New York Harbor.
COLONEL: You may release+ on the 22nd day of February instant the following-named prisoners confined in Fort Lafayette upon their engaging upon their honor that they will render no aid or comfort to the enemies in hostility to the Government of the United States. * * * George W. Jones. * * *
By order of the Secretary of War:
New York Harbor, February 22, 1862.
We, the undersigned do solemnly promise upon our word of honor that we will render no aid or comfort to the enemies in hostility to the Government of the United States.
GEO. W. JONES.
[AND 35 OTHERS.]
HARRY C. EGBERT,
First Lieutenant, Twelfth Infantry.
+See p. 240 for Burke to Thomas, notifying him of the release of 36 prisoners, including Jones, in accordance with this order.