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Please inform me if I shall allow her to clear for Valparaiso, or what course I shall pursue in regard to her. Yours, very respectfully,

H. N. TURNBULL,

Collector. HUGH MCCULLOCH,

Sccretary of the Treasury, Washington, D. C.

Mr. Speed, Attorney-General, to Mr. Kelby, district attorney.

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL,

Washington, April 21, 1866. [9] * SIR: I inclose to you a copy of a letter this day received by me

from the Secretary of State. You will be on the watch, and careful to see that the neutrality law is not violated. Very respectfully, &c.,

JAMES SPEED,

Attorney General. HIRAM KELBY, Esq.,

United States Attorney, New London, Connecticut.

Mr. Serard, Secretary of State, to Mr. McCulloch, Secretary of the Treasury.

DEPARTMENT OF STATE,

Washington, April 21, 1866. SIR: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 20th instant, inclosing the copy of a letter from the collector of customs at the port of Stonington, in relation to the apprehended fitting out of the gun-boat Sciota (late of the Navy) in violation of our neutral obligations. The subject has been brought to the attention of the Attorney-General, who has undertaken to give the proper instructions for the investigation of the case by the district attorney of the United States for Connecticut, with a view to such proceedings as may be found necessary. In the mean time I respectfully suggest the expediency of your giving directions for the detention of the vessel until further orders. Your obedient servant,

WILLIAM H. SEWARD. Hon. H. MCCULLOCH,

Secretary of the Treasury.

[10] * Mr. Gooilloe, district attorney, to Mr. Ashton, Acting Attorney.

General.
OTTICE UNITED STATES DISTRICT ATTORNEY,

EASTERN DISTRICT LOUISIANA,

New Orleans, Louisiana, May 5, 1866. Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 2d instant, inclosing a copy of a dispatch addressed to the Secretary of State of the United States, by the minister of Spain, relative to a case of supposed intended violation of the neutrality laws in this district.

I have addressed a note to the consul, asking him to put me in possession of any facts known to him, touching the alleged or supposed intended violation, and expressing my readiness to take such steps as may be necessary to prevent a violation of the law. I will promptly make inquiry into the matter, and, in obedience to your instructions, take such steps as may seem to me to be necessary and proper. I am, &c.,

JOHN K. GOODLOE,

United States Attorney. Hon. J. HUBLEY ASIITON,

Acting Attorney-General.

Mr. Ashton, Acting Attorney-General, to Jr. Seucard, Sccretary of State.

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL,

Washington, May 9, 1966. [11]

*SIR: Your communication of the 2d instant, inclosing a copy

of a note of the 20th ultimo, addressed to you by the minister of Spain, relative to a supposed intended violation of the neutrality laws at New Orleans, was duly received at this office.

The inclosure was at once forwarded to the United States attorney at New Orleans, with instructions to institute inquiry as to the truth of the allegations contained in Mr. Tassara's note, and to take such legal measures as might be found necessary and proper in the premises. Very respectfully, &c.,

J. HUBLEY ASHTON,

Acting Attorney-General. Hon. WILLIAM H. SEWARD,

Secretary of State.

Mr. Seward, Secretary of State, to Ir. JcCulloch, Secretary of the Treasury.

DEPARTMENT OF STATE,

Washington, May 9, 1866. SIR: In a note of this day, Mr. Tassara, the Spanish minister, says that he has information that a vessel named the Panoa, or Pocus, will start from New London to-night or to-morrow as a privateer against

Spain. Pursuant to his request, I will consequently thank you [12] to telegraph to the collector of customs at that place * to detain

the vessel for examination, if in his judgment there should be sufficient cause therefor. I have the honor to be, &c.,

WILLIAM H. SEWARD. Ilon. H. MCCULLOCH,

Secretary of the Treasury.

Mr. Chaneler, Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, to Mr. Sevard, Secretary

of State.

TREASURY DEPARTMENT,

*Ilashington, January 29, 1867. SIR: I am directed by the Secretary to transmit for your information a copy of a letter from J. R. Savage, of New York, giving information of the alleged fitting out of a privateer at that port, submitted to this Department, with the accompanying copy of a letter from the Secretary of War. A copy of Mr. Savage's letter has this day been transmitted to the collector of the customs at New York, with instructions to him to cause an examination as to the correctness of the charge to be made, and to report to this Department the result of such investigation, with his views. I have the honor to be, &c.,

WM. E. CHANDLER,

Assistant Secretary. Hon. WILLIAM H. SEWARD,

Secretary of State.

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[13] *Mr. McCulloch, Secretary of the Treasury to Mr. Serard, Secretary

of State.

TREASURY DEPARTMENT,

Washington, February 2, 1867. Sir: I have the honor herewith to transmit a copy of a letter from the collector at New York, in reply to a letter from this Department, on the subject of the alleged fitting out of a privateer at the city of New York.

As recommended by you a copy of the correspondence on the subject has been transmitted to the district attorney at New York. With great respect, I am, sir,

HUGH McCULLOCH,

Secretary of the Treasury. Hon. WILLIAM H. SEWARD,

Secretary of State.

(Inclosure. ]

Mr. Smythe, Collector, to dlr. McCulloch, Secretary of the Treasury.

CUSTOM-HOUSE, NEW YORK,

Collector's Office, January 30, 1867.
SIR: I have the honor to acknowledge receipt of your letter of the

29th instant, inclosing a communication of J. R. Savage, esq., to
the Secretary of War, giving information of an alleged fitting *out

of a privateer at New York.
I have the honor to report to the Department that “the eyes of the
revenue,” by which name one of your honorable predecessors once desig-
mated the customs officials of this district, have neither slept nor slum-
bered over the movements of the alleged privateer in question, but that
her proceedings have been known and watched from the beginning ;

and every preventive precaution taken to frustrate her designs. As soon as any overt act shall bave been committed in her behalf, it will be promptly met by decisive action on my part, and a report of all the facts in the case made to the Department. I am, very respectfully, &c.,

H. A. SMYTHE,

Collector. Hon. Hugh McCULLOCH,

Secretary of the Treasury.

Ur. Courtney, district attorney, to Mr. Seward, Secretary of State.

OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY OF THE UNITED STATES FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK,

New York, Feburary 5, 1867. [15] SIR: *I have the honor to report that. I have this day, in compli

ance with the directions contained in the letter of Collector Smythe, a copy of which is herewith transmitted, caused the steamship R. R. Cuyler to be attached and libelled by due process, issued out of the district court of the United States for the southern district of New York.

This proceeding has been taken for an alleged violation of the neutrality laws of the United States. I have the honor to be, &c.,

SAMUEL G. COURTNEY,

United States Attorney. Hon. WILLIAM H. SEWARD,

Secretary of State.

[Inclosure.]

Ur. Smythe, Collector, to Mr. Courtney, district attorney.

CUSTOM-HOUSE, NEW YORK,

Collector's Office, February 5, 1867. SIR: I have to report the seizure, on the 2d instant, of the steamship R. R. Cuyler, and request that proceedings may be instituted for the forfeiture thereof, together with her tackle, apparel, &c., under the third section of the neutrality act of April 20, 1818. I inclose the report ot the surveyor of the port who made the seizure and examination as therein related, together with the register, manifest, crew-list, ship

ping articles, clearance, bill of health, and letter of instructions [16] *to the master, the papers taken from the rooms of the captain

and his assistant, and the affidavits referred to by the surveyor, and four drawings taken from the vessel but not mentioned in the report. I am, very respectfully, &c.,

H. A. SMYTHE,

Collector. S. G. COURTNEY, Esq.,

United States Attorney.

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* Mr. Herron, United States marshal, to Mr. Browning, Acting At.

torney. General.

OFFICE UNITED STATES MARSHAL,

DISTRICT OF LOUISIANA,

Vero Orleans, July 13, 1868. SIR: I have the honor to acknowledge receipt of your communication of the 7th instant, relative to hostile expeditions contemplated against Mexico.

Two expeditions, suspected of being of that character, hare been broken up by this office, through the co-operation of the military authorities. One hundred and fourteen men have been arrested June 23 and July 1, and held to answer before a United States commission.

No efforts will be spared to comply with the laws and your instructions. Respectfully, your obedient servant,

F. J. HERRON,

United States ilarshal. Hon. 0. H. BROWNING,

Icting Attorney-General, Washington, D, C.

Mr. Herron, Uniteil States marshal, to [r. Browning, Acting Attorney

General.
OFFICE UNITED STATES MARSHAL,

DISTRICT OF LOUISIANA, Custom-House Building, Nero Orleans, July 20, 1868. SIR: I have the honor to submit the following report of my operations for the purpose of breaking up a movement to violate the neutrality laws of this Government by armed invasion of the Republic of

Mexico. (18) In the early part of June rumors reached me *that parties had

arrived in New Orleans, with means and authority from revolutionary chieftains in Mexico, to purchase arms and enlist men, and to transport them to some point on the Mexican coast, supposed to be in the vicinity of Bagdad. On putting myself in communication with the consul of Mexico at New Orleans, Señor Ramon Diaz, I ascertained that similar indefinite reports had come to his knowledge.

Experienced deputy marshals were at once set to tracing up these reports, and the main city rendezvous of the filibuster recruits was in due time discovered to be in rear of a grocery and liquor establishment at the corner of Rampart and Esplanade streets.

Close espionage being maintained upon this place, it was found on the 230 June, ultimo, that the band had completed preparations for its departure, and was about to immediately start froin New Orleans. I stationed the few men at my disposal to guard the various places of egress from the Barracks building, and in person made a demand upon the chief of the municipal police for a suflicient force to capture the inmates. Considerable delay was experienced in assembling the police

men, and placing them under my command at the designated spot. [19] In the mean time the fears of the leaders had become *aroused,

and they succeeded in escaping by an outlet not at the time discovered by my men. The remainder, forty in number, were taken into custody, and confined in the military prison.

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