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Title: Amos T. Akerman to Edwards Pierrepont, 23 November 1871

Date: November 23, 1871

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Nov. 23, 1871.

Hon. Edwards Pierrepont,

No. 16 Wall street,

New York.

Sir:

Your letters, that of the 19th, to the Solicitor General, and that of the 20th, to myself, in reference to the matter of Polhamius and Jackson, have been received.

I hope I was not understood in my previous letter any suspicion that your conduct had not been dictated by high professional and public principles. I surely would not knowingly direct a groundless prosecution against any person, reputable or disreputable. In this case, however, the War Department is satisfied that there is at least enough of a case to require a formal legal investigation. Should the investigation fail to show a ground for prosecution parties will of course escape molestation. If a ground for prosecution should be shown, there is no occasion why it should not be pressed.

Very respectfully,

A. T. Akerman,

Attorney General.


Polhaimus & Jackson, N. Y.


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