The article below was found by John W. O'Neal, II & Dorothy O'Neal at the North Carolina State Archives in Raleigh, North Carolina on October 5th, 2005,and transcribed by Bev Crowe.

The Washington correspondent of the  Philadelphia Press gives the following description of the rooms recently occupied by Mrs. Greenhow and her sister traitreses, now transferred to a new prison quarters:

“Now that the prisoners had departed, we were invited up into the rooms formerly occupied by them.  The room in which Mrs. Greenhow was lately incarcerated is situated in the second story back room.  The same apartment was formerly occupied, at intervals, by the Philips family—Mrs. Philips, her daughters Lena and Fannie, Miss Levy, Mrs. Baxter, Mrs. Lowe, Mrs. Posey and her daughters.  Mrs. Baxter was confined in the third story front room.  Besides this Mrs. Greenhow was allowed the use of the library, the property of her husband, who was a lawyer.  The library is chiefly stored with law-books, interspersed with books in the French and Spanis languages.  Most of the time of Mrs. Greenhow was spent in this room, which was neatly furnished, and containing, besides a  sewing machine, upon which the lady named did a great amount of sewing during her confinement.

“After night set in she employed her time in reading as well as writing, and many of the fugitive verses written by her are still preserved.  She frequently remained in this room until midnight before retiring to her apartment for the night.  On the desk of the sewing machine this morning, we found standing two bottles of fluid, which were frequently used by her in her correspondence to her friends outside of the prison, so as to disguise it to the eyes of the guard.  The plan pursued was to interline her letters by one of the fluids, which, on the application of a second, only known to those who were in the secret, was rendered perfectly intelligible.  Thus it was that contraband information could be conveyed by her to those who aided and abetted her in her treason.

“The walls of the room of Mrs. Baxter, the panels of the door, and the walls of the entry adjoining her apartment, are covered with scribblings in lead pencil, of quite a medley nature, prose as well as poetry—some of them quoted from other authors and a number of them original.  The most of those writings are parodies on our national songs, while not a vew of them are flings against the officers of the government.  On of them written on the entry wall, to the left of the door-way, reads thus:--

"I had a vision last night.  Methought I saw Abe Lincoln, Wm H. Seward, Simon Cameron, Andrew Porter and others, praying to Almighty God, as Dives had done, for the mercy they denied to harmless women.  And the Almighty God answers:  “Have I not said as ye mete it unto others, so shall it be measured unto you again?  Depart from my sight, ye cursed, and take up your abode in the hell prepared for Abraham Lincoln and his government and all who assist him in his abominable persecution.”

“Fronting the doorway on the right, we read again the following inscription:--“We must sustain the Constitution of the United States; we must down Southern institutions that we may put the proceeds of all the negroes in our pockets.  We must impress Southern women and children, and other such like chivalrons and magnificent acts.—Vide Seward”

“These are but a specimen of the inscriptions to be read at every turn within and outside Mrs. Baxler’s apartment.  Hardly any portion of the room is to be discovered that does not contain some such memoranda, even to the window sills.

"On Saturday morning she sent to Lieutenant Sheldon by one of the guard, the following rhyme, jotted down upon a small piece of paper”
To Lieut. Sheldon.

“I pray you, good Lieutenant Sheldon,
Since I trouble you so very seldom,
To send me cat, or trap, or Fice,
To catch these horrid little mice.
“These troublesome little government creatures
Have tried to mar my southern features’
They began the war against my clothes,
And last night really bit my nose!”

"We are informed by Lieut. Sheldon that of all the prisoners confined here, Mrs. Greenhow was the most lady-like in her manners and her conversation.  She is possessed of the finest education of any lady who has ever visited Washington; and although rather severe at times in her demanciations of the North, yet she has shown herself to be possessed of a woman’s heart in her sad moments, as witness the parting from her guard on Saturday.  She had a great horror of being conveyed to Fortress Monroe, as was first feared by her, and her change is the most acceptable one that she could have.: