Agent of Parson Brownlow arrested.
We have already briefly noticed the arrest and imprisonment in Fort Warren
of Parker H. French
The following, from the Boston Post
, reveals some new facts in regard to the affair, which we think of sufficient interest to transfer to our columns:
An arrest was made yesterday, by officers of the United States Government, which is regarded as one of the most important that has yet been made since the breaking out of the rebellion.
The particulars are as follows, as gathered by one of our reporters: For several months a man named Parker H. French
, alias Lieut. Carlisle Murray
, alias Charles Maxy
, has been traveling in various parts of the West and North, for the purpose chiefly of organizing the order known as the Knights of the Golden Circle
He was arrested yesterday morning in Bradford, Connecticut
, a few miles from New Haven, where he had organized a lodge, and spread secession sentiments to no small extent.--His arrest was made by the superintendent of the Government
detective police from Washington
, and detective Franklin
, of Philadelphia
French has been stopping in Bradford
and vicinity for about six weeks, under the alias of Maxy
, and had succeeded in estranging many persons from loyalty to the Government
In his possession were found the constitution and by-laws of the Golden Circle
, and entire authority from parties at the South
for organizing the institution.
He also had many other documents of interest and importance.
Among them are letters purporting to be from Jeff. Davis
, Emerson Etheridge
, Parson Brownlow
, and others, most of which are doubtless forgeries.
He is believed to have had much genuine correspondence with influential Secessionists.
So much had he endeared himself to the people of Bradford
, that the officers felt compelled, on securing his person, to leave town at once, fearing that an attempt at rescue might be made.
They took the cars for Boston
, and arrived here last evening.
He will be conveyed to Fort Warren
French is regarded as one of the most accomplished scoundrels in the country.
He was one of Walker
's right hand men in the Nicaragua
affair, and has fought three duels, in one of which he lost his right arm.--Through a forged letter in the name of Parson Brownlow
, he obtained the sum of one thousand dollars from Amos Lawrence
, of this city; the money being given in support of the Parson
's somewhat famous paper.
He has figured in various schemes of villainy, particularly in California
He says he has information of parties in Boston
who are playing directly in the hands of the Secessionists.
So emphatically does he assert this, that Government will cause certain matters to be investigated; and the names of sundry citizens engaged in commerce, particularly with St. John
and thence to Southern ports, will be overhauled.
is to make an immediate visit to Boston
, and, it is presumed, with some reference to this case.
The Government officer, who has made very many of the arrests of traitors now at Fort Warren
, regards this arrest as likely to lead to important results.
He has been in pursuit of French for a long time, and it was only by the most ingenious plans carefully executed, that he was at last secured.