Title: Amos T. Akerman to J. W. Eveleth, 26 November 1870
Date: November 26, 1870
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Location: National Archives and Records Administration
Whitman Archive ID: nar.01496
Contributors to digital file: Elizabeth Lorang, Vanessa Steinroetter, John Schwaninger, and Nima Najafi Kianfar
November 26, 1870.
Mr. J. W. Eveleth,
Aroostook Co, Maine.
Your letter of the 18th instant has been received.
As a general rule, this office leaves the conduct of prosecutions on the part of the United States to the judgment of the several District Attorneys, who are expected to indict on the enforcement of the law, whenever a case of guilt appears. Their familiarity with the facts of each particular case, makes them better judges of the merits than the Attorney General. Nothing appears, in regard to your case, to require a departure from the usual course.
A. T. Akerman,
official action declined.