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Title: John M. Binckley to Dodge & McClellan, 28 May 1868

Date: May 28, 1868

Whitman Archive ID: nar.00547

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May 28, 1868.

Messrs. Dodge & McClellan,



I have carefully considered the papers filed by you on behalf of John. S. Slater, Esq., claiming an allowance in addition to that of the fee bill of 1853, for his services as Acting Attorney of the United States for the District of Montana, to which duty he had been assigned by the Judge, in accordance with the Act of 3d March, 1863, 12 Stats. 768.

The Attorney General is empowered by the Statute of 2 August, 1861, 12 Stats. 285, to retain and employ counsel to assist the District Attorney. But when that office is vacant, the power does not apply.

The Secretary of the Interior is charged by law with the supervision of matters which embrace the present claim, and accordingly I have referred the papers to him.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

John M. Binckley,

Assistant Attorney General.


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