the Lincoln spying commissioners at Fortress Monroe--they Can't come over — the Yankee Government and Napoleon — case of M. De Bebian.
Norfolk, Feb. 4,
--There is no doubt that the special spying commissioners appointed to visit the South
, are at Fortress Monroe
, but there is not the slightest probability that our Government will permit them to visit the Confederate States
Among the persons recently arrived here by flag of truce from Fortress Monroe
, was Mr. de Bebian
, of Wilmington, N. C.
He was arrested last summer at the North
and confined in Fort Lafayette.
Through the interference of the French Minister
, he was released, but he was refused permission to return to Wilmington
He then obtained a a passport to go to Europe
, but Mr. Seward
endorsed on it, ‘"It is understood Mr. de Bebian
is not to enter into any of the insurrectionary States."’ He went to Paris
and had an interview with the Emperor Napoleon and showed him Mr. Seward
promptly declared that he should be allowed to return to his place of business.
The French Minister of Foreign Affairs prepared the necessary papers for the French Minister
, and Mr. de Bebian
returned to the United States
He called on Mr. Seward
for a passport to enable him to return to Wilmington
, but he was refused it. On the next day the French Minister
called on Mr. Seward
, exhibited some documents, and asked for a passport for Mr. de Bebian
to return to Wilmington
, and Mr. Seward
very cheerfully granted it.
Mr. de Bebian
has applied to the Federal Congress for the amount of damages he has sustained, and it is probable he will be reimbursed.
He claims to be a French citizen.
Fifteen officers and 380 privates were to have been released from Fort Warren
and leave Boston
yesterday en route South.
The merchant seamen are also to be released.