Correspondence Relative to the arrest of Ex-Secretary Cameron.
--On the 21st of April, President Lincoln
communicated to Congress the following correspondence on the subject of the recent arrest of Ex-Secretary Cameron
No. 706 Walrutstarst, Philadelphia, April 16, 1862.
By the direction of General Simon Cameron
, I send you a summon issued out of the Supreme Court of this State, at the suit of Pierce Butler
va. Simon Cameron
, July 1, 1862, No. 17.
The writ is returnable the final Monday
in May, and latter trespass vict armie
assault and battery and false imprisonment.--The cause of the action is, no doubt, founded upon the supposed mirconduct of General Cameron
in causting the arrest of the plain Mr. Pierce Baltimore
placing him in Euro Warren
me other public fortification.
without authority of law, while he (General Cameron
) was Secretary of War
As I am instructed, the act was not the act of General Cameron
, and was done by these who commanded it to be done for just reasons, and for the public good.
You will please communicate the fact of this suit to the President
and such other official persons as should properly be advised of it, and have such action taken as shall relieve the defendant Simon Cameron
from the buri cost, and responsibility of defending this suit.
By the directions of General Cameron
I have, as his private counsel, ordered my appearance for him, while I also invite and request the intervention of the proper authorities in his behalf, and for his protection.
I have received your letter of yesterday, stating that by direction of Simon Cameron
, you transmitted to me a summons issued out of the Supreme Court of the State of Pennsylvania
, at the suit of Pierce Butler
, against Mr. Cameron
for tresspass VI ct armis, assault, and battery and false imprisonment in causing the arrest of the plaintiff without authority of law. This communication has been submitted to the President
, and I am directed by him to say in reply that he a rows the proceeding of air. Cameron
referred to as one taken by him when Secretary of war
under the President
's directions, and deemed necessary for the prompt suppression of the existing insurrection.
The President will at once communicate by correspondence to the Attorney-General
of the United States
, and also to Congress.