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DEPARTMENT OF STATE,
Richmond, September 6, 1864.

SIR: You will receive herewith duplicate of my communication to you of the 1st instant.

At the time of sending you that dispatch it was deemed advisable to send from here the necessary means to enable our commercial agent at Matamoras, Mr. Richard Fitzpatrick, to forward from that point to Brownsville the emigrants who might be addressed to his care. On subsequent conference with the Secretary of the Treasury, however, we arrived at the conclusion that there was so much uncertainty relative to the success of the proposed movements, and so much difficulty in determining when and to what amount money would be wanted, that the better course would be for you to forward to Mr. Fitzpatrick, either in bills of exchange or letters of credit, such sum as may be sufficient to enable him to provide for the emigrants as fast as received. You will always know in advance what number are about to be forwarded in ample time to send a letter to Mr. Fitzpatrick so that he may prepare for their reception, and a duplicate can be sent by the vessel which conveys the emigrants. They will thus be secure of help on arrival at Matamoras. The amount required for each emigrant can scarcely exceed $10 for all expenses from his arrival at Matamoras till he reaches Brownsville, but it may be well to put double that amount at the disposal of Mr. Fitzpatrick to cover all contingencies.

I have given a letter of introduction to you in favor of Lieutenant H. R. Hislop McIvor, recently of our service, who has resigned and is returning to Scotland, but with the intention of again entering our service after settling his private affairs at home. This gentleman thinks that he can get many hundreds of his countrymen to emigrate to our country in the same manner as the Polish emigrants propose to come. If he is successful in what he proposes, you are requested by the President to furnish a passage to those who may desire to come in the same manner and on the same terms and conditions as explained in my dispatch of 1st instant.

I have to beg that you will advise me as promptly as possible if you need further funds for the purposes indicated in my communications.

I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

J. P. BENJAMIN,
Secretary of State.

COLIN J. McRAE, Esq.

Booking a Passage on a Blockade Runner

DEPARTMENT OF STATE,
Richmond, September 8, 1864.

SIR: I have the honor to request a passage through the blockade for Lieutenant H. R. Hislop McIvor, who goes to Europe on public business.

If there is no public vessel at Wilmington, please send me an order to your agent there to provide him a passage on a private vessel and draw on this Department for the price.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

J. P. BENJAMIN,
Secretary of State.

Hon. S. R. MALLORY,
Secretary of the Navy.