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Title: Amos T. Akerman to Thomas J. Durant, 19 May 1871

Date: May 19, 1871

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May 19, 1871.

T. J. Durant, Esq.

No. 223 4½ street,

Washington, D. C.


I have received your letter without date, in reference to Mrs. Randolph's claim, with the accompanying documents.

I am informed that several years ago, there was an appropriation by Congress of a certain sum of money to defray the expenses of the litigation in relation to the California Land Claims, but that the unexpended part of the appropriation was some time ago covered into the Treasury, under subsequent legislation—and is now, therefore, entirely beyond my reach. Consequently, if I were satisfied of the legality of the claim, (as I am not, however strongly it may address itself to my sympathies,) I should still be without the means of paying it.

The papers which accompanied your letter can be returned to you, if you so desire.

Very respectfully,

A. T. Akerman,

Attorney General.

claim of widow of E. Randolph.
see pp. 718
734 ante


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