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The Daily Dispatch: December 16, 1861., [Electronic resource], The orders for the arrest of Mason and Slidell. (search)
th them; if so, I beg you will offer some of them, in my name, a passage in this ship to the United States, and that all the attentions and comforts we can command are tendered them, and will be placed at their service. "In the event of their acceptance, should there be anything which the captain of the steamer can spare to increase the comforts in the way of necessaries or stores, of which a war vessel is deficient, you will please to procure them; the amount will be paid for by the paymaster. "Lieut. James A. Greer will take charge of the third cutter, which accompanies you, and will assist you in these duties. "I trust that all those under your command, in executing this important and delicate duty, will conduct themselves with all the delicacy and kindness which becomes the character of our naval service. "I am, very respectfully, "Your obedient servant, (Signed,) "Charles Wilkes, "Captain, "Lieut. D. M. Fairfax, U. S. Navy, Executive Officer, San Jacinto."