Title: Amos T. Akerman to Carlisle & McPherson, 11 August 1871
Date: August 11, 1871
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Aug. 11, 1871.
Messrs. Carlisle and McPherson,
Attorneys at Law,
Washington, D. C.
Your letter of the 7th inst. suggesting a dismissal of the appeal in the case of Sheldon W. Wight vs. The United States, has been referred to Assistant Attorney General Talbot. Until I receive his Report, I shall not be able to form a judgment in the matter.
This appeal was taken when the cotton cases were under a different control from the present, on the part of the United States. I presume that the officers then having the matter in charge had good reason for their action,—and I should not feel at liberty to take action in effect overruling theirs, unless in a very clear case.
I do not know whether your charge of perverting the law is intended to apply to them, or to the present professional representatives of the Government. If the latter, I am not aware of the existence of any facts which justify the censure which you have thought proper to communicate to me.
A. T. Akerman,
case of S. W. Wight vs. The U. S.