To Benjamin F. Butler 
Bermuda Hd. Va. Washington, Sep. 28. 1864.
For what offence was the money of John H. Lester, confiscated. Please answer & if practicable send me the record of confiscation.
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 ALS, DNA WR RG 107, Presidential Telegrams, I, 187. Butler replied on September 29: ``John H. Lesters property was confiscated to the use of the U.S. & is in the hands of the Pro Mar at Fortress Monroe. The record of Confiscation will be found in General Orders No. 50 published May 8th 1864 I will send for a copy & forward it as early as possible We did not confiscate 300,000 worth of cotton which Lester had at Wilmington & 60,000 in Gold which he had in Canada. The original record is in the Judge Advocates Office'' (DLC-RTL).