From the Richmond Dispatch, 3/18/1869, p. 3, c. 3
LATEST NEWS FROM THE CAPITAL
SPECIAL TELEGRAM TO THE DISPATCH.
WASHINGTON, March 17, 1869.
NOMINATION OF MISS VAN LEW AS POSTMISTRESS OF RICHMOND.
As anticipated in these dispatches last night, the President to-day nominated Miss Van Lew to be postmistress at Richmond. General Grant says Miss Van Lew lost all the property she possessed, and ran the risk of losing her life, in behalf of the Union cause during the rebellion. She resided in Richmond while our army was besieging that city, and frequently furnished most valuable information to General Grant relative to the forces, positions, &c., of the Confederates, including diagrams and valuable documents, which were conveyed to the Union army by Miss Van Lew’s male slaves, in whose clothes were sewed up the communication intended for General Grant. In this way she lost her slaves, they remaining on the Union side, and of course being free.