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Letter from William Seward to Edward Bates Regarding Richard Palmer and John O'Brien

DEPARTMENT OF STATE, Washington, January 22, 1862.

Hon. EDWARD BATES, Attorney-General, &c.

SIR: Herewith I have the honor to inclose a letter from Dr. Abbott Hodgman in relation to the cases of Richard Palmer and John O'Brien, two of the prisoners confined in New York on a charge of piracy, having been captured one on the privateer Savannah and the other on the Sumter.

If you concur I propose to discharge them with the hope that it may serve to procure the release of two of our prisoners who are held by the insurgents in close confinement. Will you have the kindness to return this inclosure with your reply?

I have the honor to be, sir, your obedient servant,


SOURCE: Official Records of the War of the Rebellion, Series 2, Volume 2, pg. 1439

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