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CONGRESS

, Pt.:2

LETTER

OF

THE SECRETARY OF WAR,

,

COMMUNICATING,

In compliance with the resolution of the Senate of 14th of December, 1870,

further information in relation to an alleged unlawful traffic on the part of Messrs. Hoyt, Sprague, and others with insurgents in the state of Texas during the late war.

JANT ARY 9, 1871.-Referred to the select committee of five to investigate the alleged

unlawful traffic with rebels in the State of Texas, and ordered to be printeil.

WAR DEPARTMENT, January 9, 1871. The Secretary of War has the honor to submit to the Senate of the United States, in further reply to the resolution of December 14, 1870, copies of certain papers found on tile or record at Headquarters Department of the East, New York City, relating to the alleged unlawful traffie entered into by Messrs. William and Byron Sprague, and other citizens of Rhode Island, with persons in the insurgent State of Texas, during the late war. These papers are as follows:

1. Letter from the commander of the Department of the East to the willector of the port of New York, December 13, 1861, advising the noncancellation of the hond of Reynolds & Co., on the cargo of the vessel Caraccas, and the seizure of cotton expected to arrive on the vessel Warrior.

2. Letter from the aforesaid department commander to the United States provost marshal at Hartford, Connecticut, directingo the arrest of J. W. Boynton, and the seizure of his books and papers, December 13, 1564.

3. Letter from Headquarters Department of the East to William H. Pesholds, one of the alleged illicit traders, January 12, 1865, returning his account books and directing him to furnish transcripts of all entries thirtein relating to the so-called Texas adventure.

1. Letter from Headquarters Department of the East to the United dates provost marshal at Providence, Rhode Island, January 19, 1865, Trifesting that a sworn statement concerning the Texas adventure be odita'ted from one General Freyas, who was understood to have acted as the agent of William Sprague in that adventure.

J. Letter from the Judge Advocate Department of the East to the department commander, March 22, 1867, reporting the result of his investigation into the alleged contraband traffic, and requesting special in-tructions before further proceeding against the parties implicated.

6. Letter from the department commander to the War Department, March 23, 1865, submitting the case for the action of the Department.

7. Letter from the Adjutant General of the Ariny to the commander of the Department of the East, June 9, 1865, directing, in the name of the Secretary of War, the release on parole of Harris Hoyt, the immediate manager of the Texas adventure, and the principal witness against the persons whose prosecution was then contemplated.

8. Letter from the department commander to the Superintendent of the Metropolitan Police, New York, June 12, 1865, ordering the release of Harris Hoyt from the house of detention upon the execution of an accompanying parole.

9. Letter from the attorney of Byron Sprague, one of the accused persons, to the department commander, June 26, 1865, notifying him of the intention of the said Byron Sprague to contest in the civil courts his arrest and restraint by military authority, and demanding that he be released from further restraint and duress.

10. Letter from Harris Hoyt to his attorney, August 13, 1865, request. ing, for reasons of business and convenience, that he be discharged from his parole, or that the same be extended.

11. Letter from Headquarters Department of the East to the attorney

Harris Hoyt, August 18, 1865, extending the parole of the latter person, as requested.

12. The other papers upon which the report of the Judge Advocate General, of June 15, 1865, was founded—though duly returned by him to the War Department-have disappeared from its files and cannot now be discovered.

WM. W. BELKNAP,

Secretary of War.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE EAST,

New York City, December 13, 1861. SIR: In consequence of disclosures made to me, I deem it my duty to advise you to prevent, for the present, the canceling of the bond given by Reynolds & Co. on the cargo of the Caraccas, from New York to Matamoras; and also, to notify you that on board the Warrior, daily expected in from Matamoras, there is a large amount of cotton that should be seized and held for forfeiture. I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

JOHN A. DIX,

Major General. SIMON DRAPER, Esq.,

Collector, &c., New York City. P.S.—McDennison, the naval officer, is aware of, and on the lookout for, the arrival of the Warrior.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE EAST,

New York City, December 15, 1864. SIR: You will please arrest J. W. Boynton, (of Boynton Machinery Agency, Hartford, Connecticut,) and take into your custody his book of account, letter-books, files of letters and accounts, and all books and papers exhibiting his correspondence since September, 1862, with Harris Hoyt and Reynolds & Co., and send said Boynton and the books and papers to these headquarters under guard. Respectfully yours,

JOIN A. DIX,

Major General. Major PERKINS,

United States Prorost Varshal, Hartford, Connecticut.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE EAST,

New York City, January 12, 1865. COLONEL: By General Dix's order, on your request, I return your account books. You will please draw off exact transcripts from your ledgers of all accounts relating to the Texas adventure, and every other adventure and business with which Harris Hoyt had any connection, and also exact transcripts from your journals and cash books of all entries thereon in relation to the above adventures and business, in the exact order in which they stand on your books.

These accounts, certified by you and accompanied by all the vouchers on which they rest, you will please send to these headquarters as soon as practicable to my address. By command of Major General Dix:

JOHN A. BOLLES,

Major and Aide-de-Camp. Colonel Wu. H. REYNOLDS,

45 William Street, New York City.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE EAST,

Ne! York City, January 19, 1865. CAPTAIN: I understand that General Freyas, (I think that is the bame,) to some extent represented Governor Sprague and acted for him in that Harris Hoyt Texas adventure, (September and November, 1862,) about which Colonel Ludlow, with your help, took some testimony in Providence. Please obtain from him, and transmit to me, his sworn statement of all he knows in regard to that adventure. Respectfully yours,

JOHN A. BOLLES,

Judge Advocate. Captain WM. E. HAMLIN,

Procort Marshal, First District, Providence, R. I. P. S.—Please obtain and forward a like statement from B. B. and R. Knight.

J. A. B.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE EAST,

New York City, March 22, 1865. GENERAL: In the investigation of the facts connected with the case of Harris Hoyt, now under charges for alleged violation of the blockade and kindred violation of the laws of war, the evidence disclosed tends to prove that Hoyt was a subordinate agent employed by other men who set on of the Department of the East, June 9, 1865, directing, in the name of the Secretary of War, the release on parole of Harris Hoyt, the immediate manager of the Texas adventure, and the principal witness against the persons whose prosecution was then contemplated.

8. Letter from the department commander to the Superintendent of the Metropolitan Police, New York, June 12, 1865, ordering the release of Harris Hoyt from the house of detention upon the execution of an accompanying parole.

9. Letter from the attorney of Byron Sprague, one of the accused persons, to the department commander, June 26, 1865, notifying him of the intention of the said Byron Sprague to contest in the civil courts his arrest and restraint by military authority, and demanding that he be released from further restraint and duress.

10. Letter from Harris Hoyt to his attorney, August 13, 1865, request. ing, for reasons of business and convenience, that he be discharged from his parole, or that the same be extended.

11. Letter from Headquarters Department of the East to the attorney of Harris Hoyt, August 18, 1865, extending the parole of the latter person, as requested.

12. The other papers upon which the report of the Judge Advocate General, of June 15, 1865, was founded—though duly returned by him to the War Department-have disappeared from its files and cannot now be discovered.

WM. W. BELKNAP,

Secretary of War.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE EAST,

New York City, December 13, 1864. SIR: In consequence of disclosures made to me, I deem it my duty to advise you to prevent, for the present, the canceling of the bond given by Reynolds & Co. on the cargo of the Caraccas, from New York to Matamoras; and also, to notify you that on board the Warrior, daily expected in from Matamoras, there is a large amount of cotton that should be seized and held for forfeiture. am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

JOHN A. DIX,

Major General. SIMON DRAPER, Esq.,

Collector, &c., Neu York City. P.S.-McDennison, the naval officer, is aware of, and on the lookout for, the arrival of the Warrior.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE EAST,

New York City, December 15, 1861. SIR: You will please arrest J. W. Boynton, (of Boynton Machinery Agency, Hartford, Connecticut,) and take into your custody his books of account, letter-books, files of letters and accounts, and all books and papers exhibiting his correspondence since September, 1862, with Harris

Hoyt and Reynolds & Co., and send said Boynton and the books and papers to these headquarters under guard. Respectfully yours,

JOHN A. DIX,

!Iajor General. Major PERKINS,

United States Prorost Marshal, Hartford, Connecticut.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE EAST,

New York City, January 12, 1865. COLONEL: By General Dix's order, on your request, I return your account books. You will please draw off exact transcripts from your ledgers of all accounts relating to the Texas adventure, and every other adventure and business with which Harris Hoyt had any connection, and also exact transcripts from your journals and casli books of alí entries thereon in relation to the above adventures and business, in the exact order in which they stand on your books.

These accounts, certified by you and accompanied by all the vouchers on which they rest, you will please send to these headquarters as soon as practicable to my address. By command of Major General Dix:

JOHN A. BOLLES,

Major and Aide-de-Camp. Colonel WM. H. REYNOLDS,

45 William Street, New York City.

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HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE EAST,

New York City, January 19, 1865. CAPTAIN: I understand that General Freyas, (I think that is the name,) to some extent represented Governor Sprague and acted for him in that Harris Hoyt Texas adventure, (September and November, 1862,) about which Colonel Ludlow, with your help, took some testimony in Providence. Please obtain from him, and transmit to me, his sworn statement of all he knows in regard to that adventure. Respectfully yours,

JOHN A. BOLLES,

Judge Advocate. Captain WM. E. HAMLIN,

Provost Marshal, First District, Providence, R. I. P. S.—Please obtain and forward a like statement from B. B. and R. Knight.

J. A. B.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE EAST,

New York City, March 22, 1865. GENERAL: In the investigation of the facts connected with the case of

now under charges for alleged violation of the blockade and kindred violation of the laws of war, the evidence disclosed tends to prove that Hoyt was a subordinate agent employed by other men who set on

Harris Hoyt,

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