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Amos T. Akerman to J. G. Palen, 17 April 1871

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April 17, 1871. Hon. J. G. Palen, Chief Justice, Santa Fé, New Mexico. Sir: I have received your letter of the 8th instant, repeating the request which had been previously made, and declined, for leave of absence, on private business. The Executive Order, of which a copy has been sent you, indicates the rule that will be observed on the subject of leaves of absence. It does not seem to me that your case, especially in view of the extent of your previous absence from the Territory, will justify an exception to the rule. If you cannot attend to your private concerns without depriving the people of New Mexico of the presence and services of their Chief Justice, a resignation of the office will remove all difficulty in the case. Very respectfully, A. T. Akerman, Attorney General.
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