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Title: John M. Binckley to Henry J. Adams, 25 March 1868

Date: March 25, 1868

Whitman Archive ID: nar.00482

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March 25, 1868.

Henry J. Adams, Esq.

Leavenworth, Kansas.


We have your letter of the 17th instant, in which you inquire, substantially, whether the United States Courts have jurisdiction in a class of suits indicated by you,—and ask that an opinion be given, and communicated to the District Attorney for his instruction. I have to say, in reply, that jurisdiction is a question for the Courts; the Attorney General's opinions are given, by law, only to the President and heads of Departments; and instructions to District Attorneys in particular cases are given only when such cases have arisen and are officially before us.

Respectfully, &c.

John M. Binckley,

Assistant Attorney General.


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