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Title: James Speed to Matthew Hopkins, 14 August 1865

Date: August 14, 1865

Whitman Archive ID: nar.00034

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Attorney General's Office.

August 14, 1865.

Mr. Matthew Hopkins,

Austin, Texas.


The Secretary of the Interior has referred to this Department your letter of the 7th July. I am glad to learn that the records of the Federal Court for the Western District of Texas are in your hands. It is needless for me to suggest to you the propriety and importance of their being carefully preserved. Whether you still hold the office of clerk, or not, is a judicial question about which it would be useless, if not improper, for me to express an opinion.

I am, sir, yours respectfully

James Speed

Attorney General


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