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CENTRE BATTALION.

No. 1. Company, from 2d battalion volunteer militia rifles, Toronto, Lieutenant John

Brown. No. 2. Company, from 2d battalion volunteer militia rifles, Captain Charles F. Gilmor. No. 3. Company, from 14th battalion volunteer militia rifles, Kingston, Major Kelly. No. 4. Collingwood rifles, Lieutenant Colonel Stephen.

EASTERN BATTALION.

No. 1. Company, Woodstock rifles, Major Richardson.
No. 2. Company, Beachville rifles, Captain Greig.
No. 3. Company, from oth battalion volunteer militia rifles, Quebec, Lieutenant A. Jack-
No. 4. Company, from 9th battalion volunteer militia rifles, Quebec, Captain Gingras.
No. 5. Company, 1st Cornwall rifles, Captain Bergen.

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FIRST (OR WESTERN) ADMINISTRATIVE BATTALION.

To be lieutenant colonel : Lieutenant Colonel Osborne Smith, commanding Victoria rifles, Montreal. To be major: Major Augustus Heward, major Victoria rifles, Montreal. To be adjutant: Lieutenant William H. Hutton, of Victoria rifles, Montreal.

SECOND (OR CENTRE) ADMINISTRATIVE BATTALION.

To be lieutenant colonel: Lieutenant Colonel William Smith Durie, commanding 21 battalion, or “Queen's Own" rifles, Toronto.

THIRD (OR EASTERN) ADMINISTRATIVE BATTALION.

To be lieutenant colonel: Lieutenant Colonel John B. Taylor, commanding battalion Oxford rifles.

To be captain: Lieutenant A. Jackson, adjutant 8th battalion volunteer militia rifles, Quebec.

6. In calling out for actual service this portion of the volunteer force, the commander-inchief desires to express the gratification he has experienced at the numerous offers of service he has received from volunteer companies all through the province, as soon as it became koown that men were required for permanent duty.

7. The commander-in-chief desires to impress upon the officers, non-commissioned officers, and men of the force called out for duty, that they are imbodied not for the purpose of warfare, but with the object of aiding the civil power in its efforts to prevent aggression on the territories of a friendly state on the part of persons enjoying the right of asylum in her Majesty's dominions, and to maintain, as regards Canada, that complete neutrality with respect to the war now existing in the United States which her Majesty has enjoined on all her subjects.

8. With these objects in view, it will be the duty of all officers commanding detachments on the frontier to take special care that the territorial rights of the government of the United States shall be carefully respected, and that no infringement by the men under their command shall under any circumstances take place of such regulations for the security of their borders as may be made from time to time by that government.

9. It will be the duty of officers, should suspicious circumstances be brought under their observation, immediately to report any such to the civil authorities, and to place themselves under their guidance. By command of his excellency the right honorable the governor general and commanderin-chief:

A. DE SALABERRY, Licutenant Colonel, Deputy Adjutant General of Militia, Lover Canada.

WALKER POWELL, Lieutenant Colonel, Deputy Adjutant General of Militra, Upper Canada.

Mr. Burnley to Mr. Seward.

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WASHINGTON, December 31, 1864. Sir: With reference to your note of the 13th December, enclosing, for the information of the governor general of Canada, a copy of a letter from the War Department in regard to the alleged manufacture of what is known as “ Greek fire,” for use in attempts to burn cities in the United States, I have now the honor to enclose copies of a despatch and of its enclosure, which I have received from his excellency the governor general of Canada, to whom I had forwarded copies of your communication.

I have the honor to be, with the highest consideration, sir, your most obedient, humble servant,

J. HUME BURNLEY. Hon. WILLIAM H. SEWARD, SC., Sc., 8.

Viscount Monck to Mr. Burnley.

GOVERNMENT HOUSE, QUEBEC, December 26, 1864. SIR: With reference to your despatch, of the 14th instant, on the subject of the alleged manufacture, in Canada, of " Greek fire,” for the purpose of burning cities in the United States, I have the honor to transmit to you, for the information of the Cnited States government, a copy of the letter of the attorney general for Canada West, showing the measures that have been taken in order to obtain evidence in the matter. I have, &c.,

MONCK. J. HUME BURNLEY, Esq., &c., &c., &c.

Mr. Mc Donald to Mr. Godley.

DEPARTMENT OF ATTORNEY GENERAL FOR UPPER CANADA,

Quebec, December 23, 1864. SIR: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of a despatch from J. H. Burnley, esq., containing copy of a note and its enclosures, from the Secretary of State of the United States, relative to the alleged manufacture of what is known as “Greek fire" for use and attempts to burn cities in the United States.

I have, in reply, to inform you that I have caused the county Crown attorney, at Windsor, and G. McMicken, esq., the newly-appointed stipendiary magistrate on the frontier, to be informed, by private letter, of the statements made in the letter of Lieutenant Colonel Hill, communding the district of Michigan, with instructions to them to endeavor to obtain evidence of the alleged manufacture of Greek fire, and for that purpose, if necessary, to communicate confidentially with Colonel Hill, I have, &c.,

T. J. MCDONALD. Davis GODLEY, Esq.,

Secretary for Governor General, &c.

Mr. Seward to Mr. Burnley.

DEPARTMENT OF STATE,

Washington, December 31, 1864. SIR: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note of yesterday, communicating to me the suggestions kindly made by his excellency Viscount Monck, with a view to the detention and punishment of persons who have been plotting on Canadian soil against the neutrality of her Majesty's dominions; and, in reply, to inform you that they are under consideration.

I must beg you to assure his excellency that the spirit which he has manifested in the matter is cordially appreciated by this government.

I have the honor to be, with the highest consideration, sir, your obedient servant,

WILLIAM H. SEWARD, J. Hume Burnley, Esq., Sc., 8c., 8c.

Mr. Seward to Mr. Burnley.

DEPARTMENT OF Srate,

Washington, December 31, 1864. SIR: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your communication of the 28th instant, informing me of the seizure of the steamer Mary, by the authorities at New Providence, for a violation of the foreign enlistment act of Great Britain ; and, in reply, to acquaint you that I have also been advised of the fact by the consul of the United States at Nassau, and have authorized Mr. Adams to express satisfaction to her Majesty's government, on the part of that of the United States, with the prompt action which has been adopted in this case. It is hoped that it may be a beginning of successes in arresting piratical operations injurious to both countries.

I have the honor to be, with the highest consideration, sir, your obedient servant,

WILLIAM H. SEWARD. J. Hume BURNLEY, Esq., $c., fr., fc.

Mr. Seward to Mr. Burnley.

DEPARTMENT OF State,

Washington, December 31, 1864. Sir : It has given me great satisfaction to receive your

communication of the 28th instant in regard to the reported manufacture of what is known as “Greek fire" for use in attempts to burn cities of the United States.

I have the honor to be, with the highest consideration, sir, your obedient servant,

WILLIAM H. SEWARD. J. Hume Burnley, Esq., fr., fc., fc.

Mr. Seward to Mr. Burnley.

DEPARTMENT OF STATE,

Washington, December 31, 1864. Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your communication of the 6th instant, requesting that the Secretary of the Navy may take into serious consideration the proofs which you offer of the neutrality of the Night Hawk, and, in reply, to inform you that I have invited his attention to a copy of your note and the original register of the vessel, with the request that he may return the register after having considered its contents. Accept, sir, the renewed assurance of my high consideration.

WILLIAM H. SEWARD, J. Hume BURNLEY, Esq., Sc., 80., 8c.

Mr. Seward to Mr. Burnley.

DEPARTMENT OF STATE,

Washington, December 31, 1864. SIR: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your communication of the 28th instant, relative to the alleged fitting out, at Nassau, of vessels intended to be used in depredating on the commerce of the United States.

I give you my thanks for your kind attention to the subject.

I have the honor to be, with the highest consideration, sir, your obedient servant,

WILLIAM H. SEWARD. J. Hume BURNLEY, Esq., &c., gr., fr.

Mr. Seward to Mr. Burnley.

DEPARTMENT OF STATE,

Washington, January 3, 1865. Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge with sincere gratification the receipt of your nose of the 31st ultimo, which is accompanied by a general order issued by his excellency the governor general of Canada, having for its object the maintenance of neutrality between the British Provinces and the United States. I hope that the recent scenes so painfully affecting the relations between the two countries may be prevented from recurring. I have the honor to be, with high consideration, sir, your obedient servant,

WILLIAM H. SEWARD. J. HUME BURNLEY, Esq., 8c., fr., c.

Mr. Burnley to Mr. Seward.

WASHINGTON, January 3, 1865. Sir: With reference to your note of the 21st ultimo, relative to the alleged organization formed in Halifax for seizing United States ships on the lakes, situated between the United States and Canada, and at different points along the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, I have the honor to transmit to you a copy of a note which I have received from his excellency the governor general of Canada.

I have the honor to be, with the highest consideration, sir, your most obedient, humble servant,

J. HUME BURNLEY. Hon. WILLIAM H. SEWARD, S., 8c., sc.

Viscount Monck to Mr. Burnley.

GOVERNMENT House, Quebec, December 28, 1864. Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your despatch and enclosure of the Ist instant, respecting the alleged organization at Halifax, Nova Scotia, of a body of men, for predatory attacks on the commercial shipping of the citizens of the United States.

In reply, I beg leave to assure you, for the information of the Secretary of State of the United States, that the government of Canada will use every means in their power to prevent the execution of any such plans within the bounds of this province. I have, &c., &c.,

MONCK. J. HUME BURNLEY, Esq., &c., &c., &c.

Mr. Burnley to Mr. Seward.

WASHINGTON, January 3, 1865. Sir: Her Majesty's government have taken into their most serious consideration the various occurrences which have taken place in connexion with the recent attack on St. Alban's, Vermont, and I am now commanded to communicate to you the general tenor of the instructions addressed to the governor-general of Canada by her Majesty's secretary of state for the colonial department, as laid down in a despatch forwarded to his excellency on the 3d ultimo, which I do myself the honor of enclosing.

With regard to the depositions taken in the case of the late attack and referred to the law officers of the Crown, Viscount Monck has been instructed, under date of the 9th and 16th ultimo, to be guided by the decision of the proper legal authorities in Canada whether the persons in custody ought or ought not to be delivered

up under the treaty of extradition. If that decision shall have been that they ought, her Majesty's government would entirely approve of Viscount Monck's acting upon this decision; but if, on the contrary, the decision shall have been that they ought not, her Majesty's government consider that the opinion of Viscount Monck's legal advisers should be taken, whether, upon the evidence and other information in the possession of the Canadian government, these persons may not properly be put upon their trial on a charge of misprision and violation of the royal perogative by levying war from her Majesty's dominions against a friendly power.

Unless the Canadian law officers should see reason to the contrary, her Majesty's government direct that Viscount Monck should, in the case supposed, retain the prisoners in custody and bring them to trial for that offence.

Her Majesty's government further consider that such a decision of the legal authorities of Canada would furnish a strong argument for the expediency of arming the Canadian government as promptly as possible with such additional legal powers as are referred to in the despatch of the 3d ultimo.

Throughout the whole of these unfortunate occurrences Viscount Monck's conduct has been entirely approved of, and her Majesty's government rely with confidence on his having used and continuing to use all the powers at his disposal to prevent the successful execution of whatever schemes may be planned against the neighboring friendly soil of the United States.

I have the honor to be, with the highest consideration, sir, your most obedient, humble servant,

J. HUME BURNLEY. Hon. WILLIAM H. SEWARD, SC., &c., &c.

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