A lady charged with Treason
--An arrest of much importance, and one exciting much interest from the highly respectable social position of the accused, has been made in this city.
The accused is Mrs. P. H. Allen
, a native of Ohio
, who was married in Rome
a few years ago to her husband, a gentleman of high character and position of this city.
A few days ago two disloyal letters were intercepted on the Peninsular, and the evidence in the case pointed to Mrs.
A. as the writer.
One of them was addressed to "Rev. Morgan Dix
," the father of Gen. Dix
, and the other to her sister in Cincinnati
In that to her sister she speaks of Gen. Stoneman
as the "white gloved" General, and criticises his leniency towards the Confederates
; his not destroying the dwelling and farm of Hon. James A. Seddon
, Secretary of War
, on his raid through Goochland
The letter written to Dix
is represented to have furnished the names of a lady in Washington city
and two ministers in New York who are gravely accused of sympathy with the rebellion, and advises their arrest.
The letter also alludes to the mission to Europe
of Rev. Dr. Hoge
, of Richmond
— that the statement of his having gone abroad to purchase Bibles is but a pretext, and declares that his real business is to exercise his influence in furthering the interests of the South
It also discloses the time and manner of his return, and exhorts his arrest by all means, and his close confinement during the continuance of the war. In the same letter is also given the location of several estates on the James river
, which, in the opinion of the writer, should be devastated.
The hope is expressed that all rebels may be "crushed out," and information is furnished where guns can be planted to command several different plantations.
The letter concludes with the assertion that if the United States
does not suppress the rebellion they do not merit the respect of the world.
When these starting developments were disclosed, a guard was placed around the domicil of Rev. Dr. Hogo
, where the lady in question was making a temporary sojourn, with orders for her arrest and appearance before Gen. Winder
Ascertaining that the body of a child was lying in the house awaiting burial, Gen
W. directed his officers not to disturb the family, but at the same time to exercise a vigilant watch over the lady.
After the funeral of the child, the arrest was made, and a partial examination had before Gen. Winder
The authorship of the letters was denied by the lady, but she admitted they were handed to her by another person, with a view to having them sent North
It is stated, however, that she afterwards confessed that she wrote one of the letters.
The examination resulted in her being placed in charge of the Sisters
at the Asylum St. Francine Sales
, where she is under surveillance.