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Amos T. Akerman to Peter M. Dox, 24 April 1871

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April 24, 1871. Hon. Peter M. Dox, House of Representatives, Washington, D. C. Sir: Your reference of the 8th instant, of an account against the United States of Messrs. Ellis & Caldwell, attorneys at law, Jacksonville, Ala., has been considered. It appears that Mr. Caldwell, of that firm, rendered assistance in a criminal prosecution against a person charged with violating the postage laws of the United States.—This service was apparently rendered at the instance of Mr. Southworth, a special agent of the Post Office Department. As it was not rendered at the request of this Department, I do not feel authorized, under existing laws, to pay for it out of any funds under my control. This I regret, for the service seems to have been useful, and to have been well worth the compensation charged. Very respectfully, A. T. Akerman, Attorney General.
acc't of Ellis & Caldwell, Ala.
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