the release without parole of Colonel O. B. Willcox, now held a prisoner in the Southern States, when he may consider himself as discharged from his parole.
I am, colonel, &c.,
Washington, December 31, 1861.
COMMANDING OFFICER CAMP CHASE, Ohio.
SIR: It is understood that Surg. J. W. bouse is held as a prisoner taken in arms against the United States at Camp Chase. The General-in-Chief directs that he be released on parole with the understanding that he shall be discharged from the parole if he shall procure a like discharge for Surg. J. M. Lewis, Second Wisconsin Volunteers, now on parole at Oconomowoc, Wis.
I am, sir, &c.,
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF NORFOLK,
Norfolk, Va., December 31, 1861.
Flag-Officer L. M. GOLDSBOROUGH,
Commanding North Atlantic Blockading Squadron.
SIR: Four officers, prisoners of war, have just reached here from Richmond, and as I have not yet received instruactions in reply to your letter of the 24th [23d] instant I have forwarded them to General Wool, proposing to exchange one as heretofore agreed upon, and for the three others (two captains and one lieutenant) I propose to receive: 1. Lieutenant Dalton, late of the U. S. Navy, now on parole; 2. Captain Robert Tansill, late U. S. Marine Corps; 3 Lieutenant J. R. F. Tattnall, late U. S. Marine Corps.
I am in daily expectation of receiving full instructions concernig all the officer named in your letter of the 24th [23d]. Why not extend it to all prisoners?
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
U. S. FLAG-SHIP MINNESOTA,
Hampton Roads, January 1, 1862.
Major General BENJAMIN HUGER,
Commanding Department, &c., Norfolk, Va.
SIR: I beg to acknowledge the receipt of your favor of yesterday, and to say that I prefer to await your authorized reply to my letter of the 24th [23d] ultimo before answering that favor. I will, however, remark here that owing to the peculiar circumstances attending the case of Lieutenant Jones about whom I wrote you it would be much more satisfactory to me to receive him for Lieutenant TAttnall than the individual you suggest, or may other person of correspondng rank. I would be glad if you would observe toward me the rule of not sending