Title: Amos T. Akerman to W. G. Stewart, 12 September 1871
Date: September 12, 1871
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Whitman Archive ID: nar.02466
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Sept. 12, 1871.
W. G. Stewart, Esq.
Lancaster, S. C.
The President has referred to me your letter to him of the 1st instant complaining that efforts have been made to enforce the collection of debts for slaves.
The question is one for the Judiciary, and neither the President nor the Attorney General has any control over the matter. If such debts are lawful, it is presumed that the Courts will do their duty in collecting them; if unlawful, that they will do their duty in refusing the claims.
A. T. Akerman,
question of debts to slaves