also requested to inform Mr. Stephens that I have received his letter of the 16th and that it will be answered.
President of the United States.
WAR DEPARTMENT, ADJUTANT-GENERAL'S OFFICE,
August 18, 1865.
Major General N. A. MILES, U. S. Volunteers,
Commanding, &c., Fort Monroe, Va.:
SIR: Your letters of the 15th and 16th instant have been submitted to the Secretary of War.
Any letters which Mr. Davis desires to send his wife must relate only to family matters and be first submitted to the Attorney-General's inspection. I return the letters from Mrs. Clay. The Secretary authorizes you to deliver the one addressed to her husband.
I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
E. D. TOWNSEND,
OFFICE COMMISSAY-GENERAL OF PRISONERS,
Washington, D. C., August 18, 1865.
Bvt. Brigadier General M. BURKE,
Commanding Fort Lafayette, New York Harbor:
GENERAL: It is desirable to assemble the few prisoners of war and state prisoners who are now in custody at one place, and I request you will inform me if some fifty prisoners-probably there will not be that number-can be conveniently and comfortably provided for at Fort Lafayette.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Bvt. Brigadier General,, U. S. Army, Commissary-General of Prisoners.
GALENA, ILL., August 19, 1865.
Honorable E. M. STANTON, Secretary of War:
I have received applications from several paroled prisoners of war for permission to leave the country. I would recommend the publication of an order authorizing any paroled prisoner who chooses to leave the country not to return without authority.
U. S. GRANT,
HEADQUARTERS FORT LAFAYETTE,
New York Harbor, August 19, 1865.
Brigadier General WILLIAM HOFFMAN,
Commissary-General of Prisoners, Washington City, D. C.:
SIR: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 18th instant, and in reply I think I can accommodate fifty war or