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Title: Henry Stanbery to William H. Seward, 4 December 1866

Date: December 4, 1866

Whitman Archive ID: nar.00168

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Dec. 4, 1866.


Hon. W. H. Seward,

Secretary of State.


I have examined the letter of Gov. Holden, of North Carolina, which you have referred to this office. I find that Gov. Holden requests you to inform him whether a person who has not taken the amnesty oath prescribed in the President's Proclamation of May 29, 1865, & who refuses to take that oath, is eligible to office in North Carolina. Upon such a question so presented, it does not seem to me that I have authority to give an official opinion; & I find that the established usage of this Office is to the same effect. I am, therefore, compelled to decline further action upon the question, & beg you to advise Gov. Holden of the ground upon which compliance with his request cannot be granted.

I have the honor to be,

Very respectfully,

Henry Stanbery,

Attorney General.


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