|Parsons's wife, Sarah Starkweather Parsons; their children, Julia Parsons and Richard C. Parsons, Jr.; and Sarah Parsons's father, Judge Samuel Starkweather.|
|John Armor Bingham of Ohio was serving his third of seven terms in Congress. Bio. Dir: U.S. Cong., 622.|
Letterbook copy in clerk's hand. Letters Sent to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives (C Series), General Records, Department of the Treasury (Record Group 56), National Archives.
February 18, 1863
I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of a Resolution of the House of Representatives, dated January 12th 1863 in the following words:
"Resolved, That the Secretary of the Treasury be directed to report to this House so far as in his power the amount expended since the commencement of the rebellion in the employment and sustenance of slaves in the disloyal States; and also as to what extent will expenses have been compensated for by the services of such slaves."2
In response, I beg leave to submit the following statement:
Soon after the taking of Port Royal and the occupation of the adjacent islands by the United States forces, acting under the provisions of the Act of July 13. 1861, authorizing commercial intercourse with States in insurrection, and on consultation with the Quarter Master General,3 I appointed Lieut Colonel Wm H Reynolds of Rhode Island Volunteers detached for the duty, a Special Agent for the collection of property abandoned by the rebel owners, without compensation other than his pay as Lieut Colonel. Under Regulations and Instructions issued by me, it was made his duty to superintend the receiving and collecting the products of the soil and other property found or brought within the districts occupied by our forces.4 These Instructions and Regulations were framed with a view to the protection of the rights of loyal citizens whose property should fall into the hands of the Government; to insure economy in gathering, preparing and transporting to market the Cotton