to see Stanton
, and entrust to him the conveyance of the packet that had so fortunately come into his hands.
Knowing the places at which he would be most apt to be found, he made a tour of the city, and was at length fortunate enough to discover the man he was in search of. Selecting a secluded place, Webster
confided his package to Stanton
, instructing him to deliver it to no one but myself under any circumstances, and then, feeling the need of rest, he went back to the hotel, and shortly afterward retired to bed. The next day he was unable to move.
His sufferings were excruciating, and for weeks he was compelled to endure the agonies of an acute attack of inflammatory rheumatism, which confined him a prisoner to his bed.
at the Monumental Hotel
, we will return to the movements of my operative, who had been delegated to deliver the package which Webster
arrived safely in Washington
, and after rendering a report of his own observations upon his journey from Nashville
, he produced this packet of Webster
's, a careful examination of its contents revealed to me the author of the treasonable communications.
His name was James Howard
, a native of the South
, and he was a clerk in the Provost-Marshal
I had frequently seen his handwriting, and knew it perfectly.
There could be no possibility of mistake about this, and I lost no time in laying before