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LETTER OF EX-PRESIDENT FRANKLIN PIERCE TO | merly represented his State with great distinction in the JEFFERSON DAVIS, OF JANUARY 6, 1860, FOUND popular branch of Congress. Temporarily sojourning in
this city he has becomo authentically informed of the facts IN DAVIS'S MISSISSIPPI HOME, WHEN TAKEN recited in the suljoined letter, which he communicates to BY OUR TROOPS :
us under a sense of duty, and for the accuracy of which he
makes himself responsible. Nothing but assurances coming CLARENDON HOTEL, January 6, 1860.
from such an intelligent, reliable source could induce us to MY DEAR FRIEND: I wrote you an unsatisfactory note a
accept the authenticity of these startling statements, which day or two since. I have ju-t had a pleasant interview with
so deeply concern not only the welfare but the honor of the Mr. Shepley, whose courage and fidelity are equal to his Southern people. To them we submit, without present learning and talents. He says he would rather fight the
comment, the programme to which they are expected to battle with yon uy the standard-bearer in 1860 thay under yield their implicit adhesion, without any scruples of conthe auspices of any other leader. The feeling and judgment science as without any regard to their own safety. of Mr. &. in this relation is, I am confident, rapiilly gaining ground in New England. Our people are looking for “the
WASHINGTON, January 9, 1861. coming man," one who is raised by all the elements of his
I charge that on last Saturday night a caucus was held in character above the atmosphere ordinarily breathed by pol- this city by the Southern Secession Senators from Florida, iticians, a man really fitted for this exigeney by his ability, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, and courage, broad statesmanship, and patriotism. Colonel
Texas. It was then and there resolved in effect to assume Seymour (Thus. II.) arrived here this morning, and expressed to themselves the political power of the South, and, to con. his views in this relation in almost the identical language trol all political and military operations for the present, used by Mr. Shepley. It is true that, in the present state of they telegraphed to complete the plan of seizing forts, arthings at Washington and throughout the country, no man
senals, and custom-houses, and advised the conventions now can predict what changes two or three months may bring in session, and soon to assemble, to pass ordinances for imforth. Let me suggest that, in the running debates in Con-mediate secession; but, in order to thwart any operations gress, full justico seems to me not to have been done to the
of the Government here, the Conventions of the seceding Democracy of the North. I do not believe that our friends
States are to retain their representations in the Senate and at the South have any just idea of the stato of feeling, hur- the Ilonge. rying at this moment to the pitch of intense exasperation, They also advised, ordered, or directed the assembling of between those who respect their political obligations and
a Convention of delegates from the seceding States at those who have apparently no impelling power but that Montgomery on the 13th of February. This can of course which fanatical passion on the subject of domestic slavery only be done by the revolutionary Conventions usurping impurts. Without discussing the question of right, of all the powers of the people and sending delegates over whom strict power to secede, I have never believed that actual they will lose all control in the establishment of a Prodisruption of the Union can occur without blood; and if, vional Government, which is the plan of the dictators, through the madness of northern abolitionism, that lire This caucus also resolved to take the most effectual means calamity must come, the fighting will not be along Mason's to dragoon the Legislatures of Tennessee, Kentucky, Misand Dixon's line merely. It will be within our own bro souri, Arkansas, Texas, and Virginia into following the seders, in our own streets, between the two classes of citizens ceding States. Maryland is also to be influenced by such to whom I have referred. Those who lefy law and scout appeals to popular pilssion as have led to the revolutionary constitutional obligations will, if we ever reach the arbitra- steps which promiso a conflict with the State and Federal ment of arms, find occupation enough at home. Nothing Governments in Texas. but the state of Mrs, Pierce's health would induce me to
They have possessed themselves of all the avennes of inleave the country nowy, although it is quite likely that my formation in the South-the telegraph, the pross, and the presence at home would be of little service. I have tried to general control of the postmasters. They also confidently impress upon our people, especially in New Hampshire and rely upon defections in the army and navy. Counecticut, where the only elections are to take place
The spectacle here presented is startling to contemplate. during the coming spring, that while our Union meetings Seuators entrusted with the representative sovereignty of are all in the riglat direction, and well enough for the press the States, and sworn to support the Constitution of the ent, they will not be worth the paper upon which their United States, while yet acting as the privy councillors of resolutions are written unless we can overthrow political the President, and anxiously looked to by their constituabolitionisin at the polls and repeal the unconstitutional onts to effect some practical plan of uljustment, deliberand obnoxious laws which, in tho cause of “personal librately conceive a conspiracy for the overthrow of the Goverty," uvo been placed upon our statute-books. I shall ernient through thio military organizations, the danger. look with deep interest, and not without hope, for a decided
ous secret oriler, the Knights of the Golden Circle, “ Comchange in this relation.
mittees of Safety," Southern leagues, and other agencies Ever and truly, your friend,
at their command; they have instituted as thorongh a
FRANKLIN PIERCE. Hon. JEFF. DAVIS,
military and civil despotism as ever cursed a maddened
country. Washington, D. C.
It is not ilifficult to foresee the form of government which a convention thus hurriedly thrown together at Mont
gomery will irrevocably fasten mpon a delnded and unsusThe Disunion Programme.
pecting people. It must essentially be a monarchy founded
upon military principles," or it cannot endure. Those who From the National Intelligencer of Friday, usurp power never sail to forge strong chains. January 11, 1861:
It may be too late to sound the alarm. Nothing may be
able to arrest the action of revolutionary tribunals whose The subjoined communication, disclosing the designs of decrees are principally in "secret sessions." But I call those who have undertaken to lead the inovement how upon the people to pause and reflect before they are forced threatening a permanent dissolution of the Union, comes to surrender overy principle of liberty, or to fight those to us from a distinguished citizen of the South,* who for- who are beconing their masters rather than their servants.
EATON. . disclose a plan of which ex-Governor Price was likely As confirming the intelligence furnished by our informaware:
ant ire may cito the following extract from tho WashingI'wel sth. That in the deliberate judgment of the Democ- tou correspondence of yesterday's Baltimore Sun: racy of Philiulelphiit, and, so far as we know it, of Pennsyl “The leiders of the Southern movement are consulting vania, the dissolution of the Union by the separation of the as to the best inodo of consolidating their interests into a whole South, it result wo shall most sincerely lancent, may Contuleracy mder a Provisional Government. The plan is release this Commonwealth to a large extent from the bones to make Seimtor IIunter, of Virginia, Provisional President, which now countect her with the Confulerney, except so far and Jefferson Davis Commander-in-Chief of the army of deas for teniporary convenience she chooses to submit to them, fence. Mr. Juntor possesses in it moro ominent degree the and would anthorize and require her citizens, through a philosophical characteristics of Jefferson than any other convention, to be assembled for that purpose, to determino statesman now living. Colonel Diivis is a graduate of West with whom her lot should be cast, wlicelier with the North Point, wis listinguistice for gallantry at Buena Vista, and and the East, whoso fanaticism lins precipitated this misery servulas Secretary of Wir under President Pierce, and is upon us, or with our brethrou of the South, whoso wrongs not second to General Scott iu military sciouco or courago.” we feel any our own; or whether Pennsyivamia should stund by hersell, its it distinct community, ready when occasion The Charleston Mercury of January 7, 1800, offers to bind together the broken Union, and resumo hur published the following telegraphic dispatch: place of loyalty and devotiou. * Vulerstool to lic. Ilon. Lemuel D. Evans, Representa
(From our own Correspondent.) tivo from Texas in the 34th Congress, from March 4, 1855, WASHINGTON, Jan, 6.-Tho Senators from those of the to March 3, 1557.
Southeru States which have called Conventions of their
people met in caucus last night, and adopted the following secession. But at the same time they resolved that it would resolutions:
be imprudent for them openly to withdraw, as in that case * Resolved, That we recommend to our respective States Congress might pass “force, loan, and volunteer bils, immediate secession.
which would put Mr. Lincoln in immediate contient for " Resolved, That we recommend the holding of a General | hostilities." No, no! that wouid not do. (so mub patriConvention of the said States, to be holden in the city of otic virtue they half suspected, half leared was at iba Montgomery, Alabama, at sonje period not later than the country.) On the contrary, "by remaining in our pre 15th day of February, 1861."
until the 4th of March it is thought we can keep the hands These resolutions were telegraphed this evening to the of Mr. Buchanan tied, and disablo the Republic als from Conventions of Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida. A third effecting any legislation which will strengthen th: bands of resolution is also known to have been adopted, but it is of the incoming Administration." Ah! what a tragic backa confidential character, not to be divulgad at present. There ground, full of things uputierable, is there tbere! was a good deal of discussion in the caucus on the question It appears, however, that ovents were faster than they, of whether the seceding States ought to continue their dels and instead of being able to retain their seats up to the 4th egations in Congress till the 4th of March, to prevent un- of March, they wero able to remain but a very few weeks. friendly legislation, or whether the Representatives of the Mr. Davis withdrew on the 21st of January-just a fortseceding States should all resign together, and leave a clear night after this “consultation.” But for the rest, mark field to the Opposition to pass such bills, looking to coer how faithfully the programme hero drawn up by this knot cion, as they may see fit. it is believed that the opinion of traitors in secret session was realized. Each of the that they should remain prevailed.
named States represented by this cal al did, “as con
may be, secedo from the Union"-the Mississippi Contra CERTAIN « SECRET" DOCUMENTS.
tion passing its ordinance on tho heels of the receipt af
these resolutions, on the 9th of January; Florida and AlaLETTER FROM U.S. SENATOR YULEE OP FLORIDA.
bama on the 11th; Louisiana on the 20th, and TX on the WASHINGTON, Jan. 7, 1861. lot of February; while the “organization of the finde MY DEAR SIR : On the other side is a copy of resolutions rate Government” took place at the very time piatal adopted at a consultation of the Senators from the seceding Davis being inaugurated on the 15th of Felruiry. States-in which Georgia, Alabaina, Louisiana, Arkansas, And here is another plot of the traitors lirohet te light. Texas, Mississippi, and Florida were present,
These very men, on withdrawing from the sontte, urged The idea of the meeting was that the States should go that they were doing so in obedience to the cmmand out at once, and provide for the early organization of a their respective States. As Mr. Davis put it, in his dating Confederate Government, not later than 15th February. speech, “the ordinance of secession havins 16-41 14 This time is allowed to enable Louisiana and Texas to parti- Convention of his Stato, he felt obliged to oli y that cipate. It seemed to be the opinion that if we left here, force, mons, and retire from all official connection with the Fol. loan, and volunteer bills might be passed, which wonld put eral Government.” This letter of Mr. Ynlee's clearly to Mr. Lincoln in immediate comlition for hostilities; whereas, veals that they had themselves pushed their Stat Contes. by remaining in our places until the 4th of March, it is tions to the adoption of the very measure which the bod thought we can keep the hands of Mr. Buchanan tied, and the hardihood to put forward as an imperious * fummus disable the Republicans from effecting any legislation which which they could not disobey. It is thus that trasun had will strengthen the hands of the incoming Administration. its work.
The resolutions will be sent by the delegation to the President of the Convention. I have not been able to find
Mr. James L. Pugh, member of Congress from Mr. Mallory this morning. Hawking* is in Connecticut. i Alabama, in a letter, Nov. 24, 1860—*made have therefore thought it best to send you this copy of the public his reasons for going to Washington," resolutions. In baste, yours truly,
and taking his seat in Congress. He says:
D. L. YULEE. JOSEPH FINEGAX, Esq.,
" The sole object of my visit is to promote the “Svereignety Convention,'' Tallahasce, Fla.
cause of secession."
Douglas's Farewell Words.
IN CHICAGO. Resolved 2. That provision should be made for a conven The election of Mr. Lincoln is a mere pretext. The pres tion to organize a Confederacy of the seceding States, the ent secession movement is tho result of an «normous coconvention to meet not later than the 15th of February, at spimcy formed more than a year since-fürmed ly leaders the city of Montgomery, in the State of Alabama.
in the Southern Confederacy more than twelve months ago Resolved, That in view of the hostile legislation that is They use the slavery question as a means to wild • sur 20threatened against the secoling States, and which may be plishment of their ends. They desirul the election of a consummated before the 4th of March, we ask instructions northern candidate by a sectional vote, in onder to sl: that whether the delegations ure to remain in Congress until the two sections cannot live together. When the history of that date for the purpose of defeating such legislation. the two years from the Lecompton question into the
Resolved, That a committee beand are licreby appointed, Presidential election shall be written, it will be shown that consisting of Messrs. Davis, Slidell, and Mallory, to carry the scheme wits deliberaticly made to break up this Chun. out the objects of this meeting.
They desire a northern Republican to be clearly a The preceding letter was found in Fernan- purely northern vote, and then assign this fact as a revo
why the sections cannot live to ether. If thelial (1 dina, Florida, upon the capture of that city in Qidate in the lato Presidential contest hit carried the mithe winter of 1862, and the orginal letter was ted South, their scheme was the northern Calidate sue forwarded to the editor of the N. Y. Times by cessful, to seize the Capital listsprints, boy e muito its correspondent who accompanied the expe- feated, in the defeat of the dismion candidates su senurul dition. The Times of Saturday, March 15, of the soather States. 1862, comments on this development:
But this is no time for a detail of canses. The conspiracy
is now known; armies have been raisal, waris le vista de The telegrapbic columns of the Times of January 7, 1861, complish it. There are only two sides to the histiot). Enty contained the following Washington despatch : “ The Soutbe man must be for the United States or against it. lluna ern Senators last night (Jan.5) held a conference, and tel. be no neutrals in this war; only patriols or truitors! (Choer egraphed to the couventions of their respective States to after cheer.) advise immediate secession.” Now, the present letter is a report by Mr. Yulee, who was present at this “consultation," as be calls it, of the resolutions adopted on this oc The Conspiracy in Maryland. casion, transmitted to the said Finogan, who, by the way, was a member of the “Sovereign Convention" of Florida,
On page 152, the arrest of Marshal Kane* then sitting in the town of Tallahassco.
It will thus be seen that this remarkable letter, which breathes throughout the spirit of the conspirator, in reality railroads to Philadelphia and to Ilarrisburg, sent this telo
* Marshal Kano, on his way to burn the brilline on the lets us into one of the most important of the numerous se. cret conclares which the plotters of treason then held in
gram for troops : the capital. It was then, as it appears, that they deter.
MARSIAL KANE'S DESPATCH TO BRADLEY T. JOHNSON, OP mined to strike the blow and precipitato their States into
BALTIMORE, April 19, 1801.
Thank you for yonr offer ; bring your men in by the first * Tho Representative from Florida.
train, and we will arrange with the railroad afterwards.
and the Board of Police of Baltimore in June, Application by Messrs. Tucker (British subjects) to com. 1861, by General Banks, is noticed. After their plete the loading of the Queen Victoria, (British.] In reply
were informed that instructions would be given to Col. arrest, the minutes of their proceedings during Trimble to permit the Queen Victoria to depart with her the “reign of terror" in Baltimore were found, present loading, but that no other articles prohibited to be from which these interesting extracts are taken: board the vessel. American vessels partly laden shall not EXTRACTS FROM THE “ MINUTES” OF THE POLICE COMMISSION- depart without further and distinct action being taken by
KRS OP BALTIMORE, AND FROM THEIR LETTER BOOK; FOUND the board. IN THEIR OFFICE AFTER THEIR ARREST BY GENERAL BANKS. The following were loose papers accompanying the 1861, April 19th, 20th, and 21st-No entry.
"minutes" but not recorded: April 221--After debatr, Resolved, That notice be imme 1. Despatch by Morso's line, dated diately given of election for Legislaturo on Wednesday 24th
“HARPER'S FERRY, 1861. April, and the sheriff be requosted to unito in giving the Received Baltimore 22, 1861." necessary call therefor.
To POLICE COMMISSIONERS:
KENTON IIARPER, same and all other power to be purchased committed to
[Rebel] Comman.ling. Col. Isaac Trimble Henry Thompson, Esq., appointed 2. Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Telegram, dated Quartermaster General, to act under the Mayor.f Order passed to prevent the transportation of provisions
IIARPER'S FERRY, April 22, 1861. without special permission. Colonel Trimble appointed to
Received 11 o'clock, 8 min., A. M. enforce the order.
To W. II. GATCHELL, Police Commissioner : Charles Pitts I appeared and offered 200 to 300 negroes to
Very satisfactory interview here with General Ilarper. perform any service which the authorities may call on them
C. J. M. GWINN. to do. The Mayor returns thanks, and assures them they 3. Memorandum in pencil-omited in the "minutes :" shall be called on when any occasion arises when their ser
APRIL 23, 1861. vices can be availed of.
* Telegraphed General Harper, Harper's Ferry, to tho Coleman Yellott authorized to charter a steamer to sum
effect, that the town is quict, expressing thanks for his mon the members of the Stato Legislature.
communication, and promising to let him know when any Unnecessary parades forbidden in the streets.
exigency requiring it shall arise; mentioning that Gwinn Ertract from a nole from Col. Trimble to Howard, Presi- had been seen by us.” dent of the Board, found among the papers :
Gwinn reported “six thousand men ready to come down.” *The display of military will be a sorry one as to the 4. Another memorandum: strength of the military of the city, and calculated to dis
"Gwinn asserts that six thousand troops are at Harper's hearten our own citizens, and if represented abroad will rather invite and encourage attempts from the north to defy
APRIL 25.* us and pass through the city, whereas without this display
“ All police officers and others in the employ of the Board, many will think that the military force of the city is much
and all other parties whatsoever, are requested to offer no stronger than it really is."
Order passed authorizing Col. Trimblo to permit steam- obstruction to the running of the trains." (i. e., to Washboats to leave for the eastern shore, to and below the Sassa- | ington.) fris river, upon condition that in going and returning they In a letter to John Garrett, Esq., Col. Trimble directed shall uot stop at Annapolis,
to allow and grant facility for the transportation of 10 kegs April 23. U. S. SUIP ALLEGHANY,
of powder to be used by the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad BALTIMORE, April 23, 1861. Company in Virginia. CHARLES HOWARD, Esq., President of the Board of Police. Restrictions on the export of provisions, breadstuffs, and
SIR: llavinoccasion to employ a steamtug in the service bituminous coal, removed. of the United States, I have to request that you will author Propositions to repair the telegraphic lines to Cockeysize me to use one this day in the harbor of Baltimore and ville, and also to Havre de Grace and Belair, were declined. the adjacent waters.
Appointment made with Col. Trimble and Gen. ThompI am, respectfully,
son by the Mayor and Board, for 6 p. m., to consider and WM. II. HUNTER, Com. U.S. N. determine certain matters in reference to the disbursement Respectfully declined.
of moneys under the ordinance, appropriating $500,000. Communication from Col. Trimble in regard to the re
Col. Huger furnished plans and specifications for a bomb. moval of the Alleghany. Answer given through Charles proof.
Letter from General Stewart † found among the papers : Wethered, that the matter was attended to, and the removal forbidilen.
April 22, 1861. Mr. Zenas Barnum called in regard to repairing the tele “MY DEAR HOWARD : I will endeavor to put on duty the graph wires on the road to Philadelphia; no action deter
same company of caralry that was ordered out last night. I mined on. Mr. Barnuu was infornied that no communica
I know not what to think of the rumors from Annapolis ; lims cin puss orrr the wires for Washington, whether for the
but if the Massachusetts troops are on the murch from that War Department or citizons, without being sulijected to the place to Washington, I shall be in motion very early to. inspection of the police board.
morrow morning to pay my respects to them, of course Commissary Lee applied for permission to convey pro- making arrangements for an adequate force being here in visions into Fort Mellenry. He was informed of the impos
my absence." wibility of ensuring him protection in carrying provisions to the fort during the present excitement of public feeling.
LETTER FROM THE SECRETARY OF THE MAYOR TO THE PRESIDENT Application received from Mr. Clarke, Superintendent of the Northern Central Railroad, for permission to rebuild
MAYOR'S OFFICE, April 23, 1861. the bridges ( which had been destroyed by Kane on the night CHARLES HOWARD, Esq. : of the 19th) at Melvillo and the Relay IIouse. This was DEAR SIR : A messenger from Virginia called to inform refused.
the Mayor that Senator Mason will be in the city either on to-morrow evening or the next day, and wish s an inter
view with Governor Pratt, Hon. Robert McLean, and J. Streets red with Maryland blood! Send expresses over the mountains and valleys of Maryland and Virginia for the
Mason Campbell. Respectfully,
D. H. BLANCHARD, riflemen to come without delay. Fresh horley will be down on us to-morrow, (the 20th.) We will fight them or die.
Secrdary. GEO.P. KANE. April 26-Colonel Kane reports that the powder purchased This was posted in Frederick, with a placard as follows, by Colonel Trimble's orders, and stored in a church in the signed by Bradley T. Johnson:
west end, has been ordered to be transferred to Ticker's All men who will go with me will report themselves as soon house. as possible; providing tbemselves with such arms and ac Negroes said to be offering northern notes (1) General contrements as they can. Double barrelled shot guns and back-shot ar efficient. They will assemble after reporting themselves at 10); o'clock, so as to go down in the 11 strain. Delegates, when but 9,000 votes were cast, of tho 30,000 in
* The day after the election for members of Ilonse of * Now Major General in rebel service, and a prisoner in Baltimore. our bands, captured at Gettysburg. 1
† Stewart was Major General of the 5th Division Maryland † The Mayor was one of the Board.
militia; is now io the rebel service and our prisoner, have Elected to the Legislature at the election of 24th April. ing been captured in one of the battles of tho Wilderness. Member of the State Senate.
I To take Fort McHenry.
OF POLICE BOARD
Ing reports a revolving cannon* in William Wilkens & Co's. Letter referred to, Letter Book, page 116, to Senator M Warehouse. But Colonel lluger and Ross Winans do not son, dated April 30, 1861. approve of such batteries.
MY DEAR SIR: Since I had the pleasure of seeing you I Application mnde for permission to repair telegraph lines have had a good deal of annoyance in consequeece of the to Havre de Grace. Granted; it being understool that the irregular manner in which some of our turn ohiainei board shall have cognizance of all communications made by in your Stato some arms. I do not question their mutis the American Telegraph Company. (Letter Book, Folio 97.) but it was unfortunate that we had no information of what
Certain directors of the Philadelphia, Wilmington, and had been done by them until we learned it from you. Cum
you intorni me whether these arms mentioned by General repairing the rails upon their road, destroyed by Marshal you, and of which I understand you have full power to con Kane.] They assumed thut a promise could bo had by them trol the destination? from the General Government not to ask for the passage of troops over tho rond. Answer given that they should first of tho Stato, to receive them for its use?
If so, do you desire General Stewart, as a military officer learn what time would be required for repairing the road,
CHARLES HOWARD. and what assurance they could get from the Government that troops shall not seek that means of tran-portation, and then
GOVERNOR LETCHER'S LETTER TO GENERAL STLWAET. that the application for permission to rebuild the road shall DEAR Sir: I called this morning to see you, ba viage be rencucd to the board.
ceived a dispatch from J. S. Barbour, Esq., Alesandria, yrProhibition to remove flour and breadstuffs re-onacted.f ing information respecting matters in Baltimore, I hate April 27, 1861– Full Board and Mayor.
issued an order to General Harper to send 1.000 stand of Resignation of David Daneker and William T. Butler, of arms to General Stowart. Stirring times in your State. the police force, received.
JOHN LETCHER DANEKER'S LETTER.
THE ORDINANCE APPROPRIATING $300,000. TO THE BOARD OF POLICE:
This ordinance (No. 22) was approved April Gents: I hereby tender my resignation as a member of 20, 1861, and a portion of the money expended. the police force of Baltimore. As an American citizen I The following report, made April 4th, 1862, cannot condescend to pull down the American flag. DAVID DANEKER,* 26th April.
shows how: Colonel Trimble instructed to allow shipments of bread The Joint Select Committee, to whom was referred the stuffs, &c., in limited quantities, within the State; must resolution for the appointment of a conimittee - to examine use his discretion : “Keep a list of parties shipping the ar- and dispose of all papers and vouchers relating to the ex. ticles, and quantities, and make daily reports."
penditure of money under the provisions of the ordinaboe General Stewart appeared and stated that he had infor- for the preservation of the peace of the city, approved mation of 2,000 stand of arms having arrived at Camden April 20th, 1861, to inquire and report what has becuase of Station, (Baltimore and Ohio railroad,) which he claimed as the articles then purchased and in whose porse dion they oflicer of the State.
now are, and also what disposition sball be made of the bal Reply, (Letter Book, page 111:)
ance of the funds now in the city treasury," hare discharged "A geutleman representing the house of W. T. Walters the duty imposed upon them, and submit to the Council & Co., has just called. Their houso bas bill of lading for the the following report, with accompanying resolutions: arms, and desires to hand them over to the police depot The duties imposed upon the committee were three-fold; solely for safe-keeping."
first, to examine and dispose of all papers and vouchers in April 28th-General Stewart notifies the Board that 2,000 lating to the expenditure of money, under the pruridoos guns were yesterday morning at Harper's Ferry, awaiting of the ordinance specified ; secondly, to inquire and report his orders, and that he had given directions for them to be what has become of the articles thue purchased, ani in forwarded to his orders.
whose possession they now are; and thirdly, to decide what
disposition shall be made of the balance of the funds dow LETTER FROM GENERAL STEWART TO THE BOARD.
in the city treasury. HEADQUARTERS, 1st Ligot Division, M. V. On the first head, your committee have to report that mo BALTIMORE, 2d May, 1861.
"papers” have come under their cognizance, except a dota To the BOARD OF POLICE OF THE CITY OF BALTIMORE:
addressed by Col. Henry A. Thompson to the Marur, web
accompanied a statement of his agency, in the capuity of Gents: I have the pleasure to lay before you the official Quartermaster General, in the disbursement of Šis cef dispatches of Governor Letcher, of 21th April, addressed to the money in question, and in which he claims to bure me, and several other communications between myself and saved a considerablesum for the city treasury, by effjrts to Major General Kenton Harper, commanding at Harper's prevent lavish expenditure, and by annuliing numerous Ferry, as well as Brigadier General Cocke, commanding at contracts and returning many articies already delivered Alexandria, all showing that the 5,000 flint-lock guns fur. Your committee regard it as a cause of profound regnt nished by the State of Virginia are for the use of Maryland, that such an agency had not been earlier in activd; but it and are destined to be delivered to my order.
is due to the gentleman referred to, to say, that he appear Understanding that 2,000 of these arms, wbich arrived two to have performed tho difficult duties contided to hin or three days ago from Harper's Ferry, consigued to Mr. with fidelity and discretion. Ackuowledgments are als W. T. Walters, (but contrary to the instructions of Major due to Col. Thompson, for a courteous nota, tenilering any Goneral Harper, as he assures me in a dispatch,) are now in assistance in his power, in the examination of the "Fourke a warehouse at the corner of Second and Gay streets, occu-ers," so far as his agency was concerned; Lut no occasion pied by your Board or by the city authorities, I, as the om- has arisen for making use of the proffered aid. cer of the State of Maryland, commanding here, and agent The ** vouchers," as placed in the hands of your commit of the State, to whom the arms were destined, require that tee by the city Register, have been carefully examined, and the whole be d livered to my order, it being understood found to be in dnc form, authenticated by the partir hxrthat I assume the responsibility of receiving those arms on ing control of affairs at that period, and accounting for the account of the State of Maryland. You are aware that upon expenditure of the gross amount reportid, allusies fut special application to me on bebalf of the companies of Cal interest and the balance on hand. Ech account has be vert couuty, I agreed to delivery of 120 of those arms."
singly inspected, the objects of expenditure have been Extract from the reply of the Commissioners (C. Howard) to classified, and present the results stated below. General Stewart-same date.
Having served the purposes of your committee in afford * And you having also understood that a gentleman now
ing the points of information it was necessary to ol lain. in Frederick has full power to control or alter the destina- store them to the custody of tho city ofl er, in WL***
no other disposition of them seems necessary than to re tion of them, we were unwilling to exercise any authority charge they properly belong, as vouchers for disbursements over them. I showed you a copy of my letter to that gen. under the ordinance. tleman from whom I have yet no reply."
The labors of your committee under the second heel of
instructions, “to inquire and report what has become of * This was afterwards captured en route for Harper's the articles then purchased, and in whose person they Forry.
now are," have resulted in the following classified summary + The argument of the rebels then was that otherwise
of expenditures for different objects: Government would suddenly buy up and remove all tho sup
Arms, ammunition, &c................................... 24,174 74 1 It had been determined to suppress the American flag, Blankets, mattresses, &c...... and the military had been put in array to put this through Surgical instruments and medicines...
99 30 vide letters from Stewart to Howard, 26th April, and the Marine and navy (embracing hire and alterareplies of the Board in Letter Book..
tions of steamers, and wages of men) ............
Carpenters, bricklayers, materials, &c............ $2,568 05 become of them, and in whose possession they now are." Rations....
9,914 39 This investigation was attended with considerable difficulty, Pay of officers and men.
7,736 30 owing to the various changes which have taken place since Horse and hack hire, and hauling arms.
3,472 86 the period of the purchases: the abdication of the former Advertising, stationery, &c.
231 78 Police Commissioners, the absence of the Mayor, the substiRent of armories and repairs..
1,748 02 tution of the United States Provost Marshal and lii; police Workmen on parks, by resolution, approved
force, and the scizure, by way of precaution, by the United June 11, 1801...
8,508 19 States, of arms and military materials stored in different Poor Association, for use of indigent widows,
parts of the city. Many articles and equipments have unSewing women, &c....
2,000 00 doubtedly disappeared; but your committee are enabled to Interest
5,775 56 present the following list of arms and other articles, furCaush in Bank..
24,576 86 nished by Mr. James L. McPhail, Deputy Provost Marshal,
which will account for a portion of the articles. IdentifiTotal
$99,006 00 cation of those purchased was, of course, impossible: From the above summary it will be seen that the expend 38 rifles, found at the old City Hall. itures for * Arms and ammunition” reached the large
3 single barrel shot guns.
do amount of nearly $25,000. The articles purchased include
1 double do
do 27 single
do fixtures for cannon, carbines, rities, muskets, pistols, swords,
do spears, drums, canister and grape shut, bullets, Icad, pow.
2 double do der, cartridges, caps and other kindred materials, the pre
2 rifls. cise number anı qnantities of which, as nearly as could be
49 Hall's carbines.
do ascertainel, are given in the two following schedules:
2 llall's rifles. 1,217 carlines, from F. W. Bennett.
1 percussion musket. 407 Hall's patent rifles, froin Denson & Buck.
1 ship gun. 80 carbines, from Denson & Buck.
2 six pound field pieces, mounted. 6 cutlasses, froin Denson & Buck.
2 field pieces, complete. 12 gun carriages, from A. & W. Denmead & Son.
20 rounds of canister shot. 3285 iron spiars, from A. & W. Denmead & Son.
do 2 mu-kets, from Levi Cromwell.
1% tons do do 16 pistols, from Wm. Harris.
I lot of 24 and 32 lb. shot. 302 pikes, from Hayward, Bartlett & Co.
10 mattresses. 23 guns, from T. Foy.
33 pillows. 9 pistols, from Merrill, Thomas & Co.
37 blankets. 12 flask, from Merrill, Thomas & Co.
6 sheets. 4 ship pistols, from Levi Cromwell.
25 pillow-cases. 1 sword, from Canfield, Bro. & Co.
5 beds. 414 pikos, from George Page & Co.
9 doz. boxes IIicks's hat caps. 7 revolvers, from C. Schumaker. 3 drums, from - Eisenbrandt.
of the above articles, (your committee are informed by
Mr. M.Phail,) the beds and bedding were distributed to the AMMUNITION.
several station-houses, they having been found, on taking Ihs. powder, (value $1,526) from Foley & Bro. possession, to be generally destitute of such articles, and 8,194 lbs. canister shot, from A. W. Denmead & Son. those found being in bad repair and very dirty. Besides 119 " musket balls," Levi Croni well.
the bedding thus appropriated, a considerablo number of 21,000 caps, from Cuglo & Co.
mattresser, some tin ware, &c., were transferred, with the 1 keg rifle powder, from F. Devlin.
approbation of the mayor, to tho warden of the jail, for use 2 lags balls, from F. Devlin.
at that institution, where they were much needed. A por2,000 caps, fruin F. Devlin.
tion of the arms purchased by the parties who had control 4,968 los. Iead, from Baltimore Water Board.
of affairs during the period of the crisis” aro still at Fort 200 biank cartridges, from Green & Yoe.
Mcllenry, where they were placed after seizure by the Uni2 boxes caps, from Green & Yoe.
ted States authorities. According to a return made to the 1 las shot, from Green & Yoe.
mayor on the 12th of August, 1961, by Samuel W. Bowen, 113 yards flannel, for cartridges, from
Captain of the Middle District Station, the following arms, 10,000 ball cartridges, from Wm. llarris.
taken by order of General Butler from the corner of Gay 10,860 do do do
and Second streets, were then at Fort Mcllenry: 800 do do Hoffman.
58 boxes, marked “ Va. muskets,” 20 in each box...... 1,160
300 420 cylinders for 6-pound guns, from 0. II. Cromwell.
40 Hall's carbines, 20 in each box and 141 looso......... 941 86 lbs. antimony, for balls, from Regester & Wobb. 13 Hall's rifles,
334 102 lbs. tin, for balls, do
46 102,000 caps, from Merrill, Thomas & Co.
38 old muskets, flint locks .....
38 13 bars and Hubs, balls, from Merchants' Shot Tower. 23
23 8,031 cartridges, from Merrill, Thomas & Co.
27 8 boxes cartridges, from Merrill, Thomas & Co. 50 Yager rifles......
50 30,000 caps,
do 349 lbs. of lead, from John Rodgers.
2,919 7,7-10 lbs. cannon balls, from Donson & Buck.
1 box accoutrements. 473 cylinders,
115 boxes pikes. 54 lbs. match rope
Of the above, issues to a considerable extent have been The expenditures for “Blankets, Mattresses, &c.,” were
made by the United States authorities, and somo have been $2,825 57; and the articles purchased were as follows:
returned to Denson & Buck. Your committee are obliged BLANKETS, MATTRESSES, ETC.
to Deputy Marshal Melail for the following statement of 445 blankets, from Whitely, Stone & Co., and others.
arms at present to be found at Fort Mclienry: 510 straps,
60 boxes of pikes, containing 60 each. 425 flanuel shirts, from John II. Rea, and others.
5 guns, 7 carriages, 13 rammers. 400 caps, from White & Rosenberg.
It is understood that these articles, and such others be 1 desk, 10 chairs, 1 washıstand, by S. S. Lee.
longing to the city as may be found in possession, will be For " Surgical Instruments, &c.," the expenditures, con restored by the Government of the United States as soon as sidering the formidable nature of the preparations, offensive their restoration is deemed compatible with a proper regard and defensive, were moderato, reaching only the sum of for its own protection. $99 37; and of this amount a portion is for damage to in A few words more are necessary, in explanation of tho struments returned. Tho list of these articles is here giren : remaining items of the summary. SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS AND MEDICINES.
Of the amount charged to tho “Marine and Navy," tho
principal portion is made up of sums expended on the hire 3 tourniquets, ordered by Dr. Robinson.
and alterations of steam-tugs Ilercules and Tiger, charges O ternaculums, do do
for use of the Potomac, George's Creek, and other steamers, 2 bullet forceps, do
amounting to $1,500 33, and $35 paid for the parchase of a Sponges, Wadding, Muslin, Spirits, &c.
boat and oars. The balance was principally expended in thus ascertained what articles had be pur. the payment of officers and “harbor police." Tlie only ar. cbased, your committee proceeded "to inquire what has ticles known to be remaining from this department are a