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Title: Amos T. Akerman to S. M. Davis, 27 January 1871

Date: January 27, 1871

Whitman Archive ID: nar.01666

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January 27, 1871.

Mr. S. M. Davis,

Chicago, Ill.


Some opinions have been given by this Department upon the subjects to which your letter of the 24th inst. relates.

I do not know that the precise question which you have in mind is considered in those opinions; but that general class of questions has received a thorough consideration and discussion. It is not, however, the usage of this Department to furnish copies of its opinions. They are considered as the immediate property of the Department to which they are addressed— which is, in this instance, the Treasury Department,—and it is for that Department to disclose the opinions or not, as it may think proper.

Very respectfully,

A. T. Akerman,

Attorney General.

certain official opinions.


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