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Title: Amos T. Akerman to T. F. Talbot, 24 January 1871

Date: January 24, 1871

Whitman Archive ID: nar.01657

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January 24, 1871.

T. F. Talbot, Esq.

Assistant Attorney General.

Washington, D.C.


In the case of the Rothschilds, vs. The United States, in the Court of Claims the stipulation between the District Attorney for Virginia, approved by the Secretary of the Treasury, and the Rothschilds, of the 17th of May, 1867, in my judgment precludes this Government from honorably raising the question of the right of the Rothschilds to sue in the Court of Claims.

Learning that the only ground upon which an appeal to the Supreme Court has been suggested, is a supposed want of right in them as foreigners, so to sue, I do not feel authorized to allow the appeal to be taken. At the earliest opportunity I should be glad to confer with you in reference to some arrangement by which the technical difficulties in the way of disposing by a judgment in the Court of Claims of the bonds now on deposit under that stipulation, can be removed.

Very respectfully,

A. T. Akerman,

Attorney General.

case of Rothschilds vs. The U.S.
see p. 591 seq.


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