No Conference to be with Beast Butler on the Exchange question.The following is a copy Hon. Robert Ould's letter declining to recognize Beast Butler in the capacity Yankee Commissioner of Exchange:
Major Gen. E. F. Hitchcock, Commissioner of Exchange:
Ro. Ould, Agent of Exchange.
The Schultz arrived here last night with the five hundred prisoners sent by the Yankees to City Point, Saturday. The following is a copy of a letter from Judge Ould to Major Mulford relative to the exchange of prisoners:
Major-General B. F. Butler. In no one of them is it stated that the U. S. Government is willing to resume the cartel and deliver all of our prisoners now in captivity, the excess on either side to be on parole. I have more than once expressed the entire readiness of the Confederate Government to deliver the Federal prisoners now in our hands, provided the U. S. authorities will deliver the Confederate prisoners in their hands. This is the provision of the cartel, and we can accept nothing less. Unless this is the distinct understanding, no equivalent will be delivered to you for any Confederate officers and soldiers you may hereafter bring to City Point. In the hope that such is the understanding, I have directed that a number greater than the total of your delivery should be sent to you. In no event can we consent that the general release of prisoners so distinctly required by the cartel shall be evaded by partial deliveries. Accepting the present delivery as a step towards a general exchange on the principles of the cartel, I trust I may be permitted to express the hope that deliveries on the basis above indicated will be continued until all the troops in confinement on both sides are released.
Agent of Exchange.