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Title: Amos T. Akerman to Henry Wilson, 14 December 1871

Date: December 14, 1871

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Dec. 14, 1871.

Hon. Henry Wilson,

U.S. Senate.

Dear Sir:

It is not in my power to furnish you any extended report of criminal cases in the U.S. courts. In a few weeks, the information will come for use in the Annual Report.

I happen to have a statement from the District Attorney of Kansas, of the convictions and sentences, at the late term of the District Court for that District, and send you a copy.

In addition to the cases I spoke of last evening, there is the case of Edwins, a defaulting clerk in Treasurer Spinner's office, who was sentenced to six month's imprisonment last year in the District of Columbia, and was pardoned, after a considerable portion of his sentence expired, upon representation of his physician that he was in the last stages of consumption, and could live but a few days.                But it has happened, contrary to their expectations, that his life is not yet ended.

Very respectfully yours,

A. T. Akerman,

Attorney General.


concerning U.S. criminal cases


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