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prisoners. I further propose that these surgeons shall be selected by their own Government, and that they shall have full liberty at any and all times through the agents of exchange to make reports not only of their own acts, but of any matters relating to the welfare of the prisoners.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

RO. OULD,

Agent of Exchange.

[Indorsement.]

WAR DEPARTMENT, February 24, 1864.

Respectfully returned to the commissioner for exchange.

The Secretary of War declines to entertain Mr. Ould's proposition.

ED. R. S. CANBY,

Brigadier-General.

CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA, WAR DEPARTMENT,

Richmond, Va., January 24, 1864.

Major General E. A. HITCHCOCK, Agent of Exchange:

SIR: I will thank you to inform me for what reasons Dr. William S. Wright is detained in prison. He was arrested in Saint Louis in February last, thence carried to Alton, and late in last year removed to Saint Louis, where he is now confined. Doctor Wright is a surgeon in our service and is entitled to his release.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

RO. OULD,

Agent of Exchange.

G. B. Wallace and other citizen prisoners at Point Lookout give an account of their treatment and ask to be exchanged. *

[Indorsement.]

JANUARY 24, 1864.

Respectfully referred to General E. A. Hitchcock, agent of exchange.

I will thank General Hitchcock to inform me why these citizens of Virginia are detained in prison without charges.

RO. OULD,

Agent of Exchange.

WASHINGTON, January 25, 1864--12. 25 p. m.

Major-General BUTLER, Fort Monroe:

You will please suspend your order+ declaring exchanges, and not allow it to be published or issued until the reason and operation of it is explained to this Department and approved.

EDWIN M. STANTON,

Secretary of War.

WASHINGTON, D. C., January 25, 1864.

Honorable EDWIN M. STANTON, Secretary of War:

SIR: Having seen the declaration of exchange announced by General Butler of all Federal prisoners of war delivered at City Point prior

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*Communication not found.

+See January 24, p. 871.

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