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John M. Binckley to Ulysses S. Grant, 16 August 1867

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August 16, 1867. Gen. U. S. Grant, U. S. A. Acting Secretary of War. Sir: I have the honor to return herewith the papers submitted for the consideration of the Attorney General, by the Secretary of War, under date of 5th of June last, in relation to the title to four lots of ground, situated in the borough of Lawrenceville, Alleghany Co., Pa., adjoining Alleghany Arsenal, and which are desired for the use of the Arsenal. Taking the abstract of title prepared by the U. S. Attorney for that District as entirely reliable, I am of opinion, upon the whole, that the accompanying deed of Philip Weisenberger & others, Trustees of the German Catholic Saint Franciscus Beneficial Society, bearing date April 19, 1867, and vest in the United States a good and valid title to the premises,—subject, however, to the lien of a mortgage theretofore given by the said Society, to Samuel Keller, covering this & other lands; but which, it is stated, the latter is willing to release as to the lots referred to. The District Attorney states that the plan of the lots, as laid out by the Society, is not recorded. This, as also a release of the said mortgage, should be placed on record before the conveyance is accepted, & purchase money paid. I am, Sir, Very respectfully, John M. Binckley, Acting Attorney General.
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