As I anticipated, continued and increasing abuses and much illicit traffic are going on under the army permits issued by General Dix to pass the blockade. It will be difficult to stop the abuse, now that it has commenced. I have sent to Congress a communication with a view to getting an expression of opinion on the subject of League Island for naval purposes. By request of Senator Foot of the Naval Committee, prepared a bill in relation to midshipmen and sent it with a letter.
SOURCE: Gideon Welles, Diary of Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy Under Lincoln and Johnson, Vol. 1: 1861 – March 30, 1864, p. 226-7