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Title: Ebenezer Rockwood Hoar to Hamilton Fish, 26 February 1870

Date: February 26, 1870

Whitman Archive ID: nar.01227

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February 26, 1870.

Hon. Hamilton Fish,

Secretary of State.


I have received your letter of the 21st inst., enclosing a bill of Patrick Short, the person employed by the U. S. Attorney for the Northern District of New York as a detective in the recent Fenian movements on the frontier. I sent this bill to the U. S. Attorney, with a request for a more detailed statement of the kind and amount of service rendered by Mr. Short; and have received to day a letter from him of which I enclose a copy.

From the statements contained in this letter it seems to me the bill of Mr. Short is reasonable in amount, and I am unable to see how the United States Attorney could have efficiently performed what was required of him without the employment of some such person as a detective. The bill of Mr. Short is returned.

I have the honor to be,

very respectfully,

E. R. Hoar,

Attorney General.

Bill of Patrick Short detective
see Ins. Book A, p. 568.


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