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Title: Ebenezer Rockwood Hoar to Blanton Duncan, 10 July 1869

Date: July 10, 1869

Whitman Archive ID: nar.01973

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July 10, 1869.

Blanton Duncan, Esq.

Louisville, Ky.


I have received your letter of the 4th inst. I desire, so far as it can legally be done, to carry out the intention of Congress as expressed in the joint resolution;—but I have no authority to release a debt due the United States, or to modify directly a decree of a court in a case in which the United States are concerned.—I can discontinue such a case while it is still pending, and has not passed into a judgment.—

Your wish is that I should either release to you all the future rents and profits of the land condemned, or discontinue the suit in regard to them;—but I do not see how I can do this, and yet leave the suit pending in regard to the moneys now in the registry of the Court, or the hands of the Marshal, so that a writ of error can be sued out, and the questions of law considered by the Supreme Court. If you or your counsel can suggest any way in which this can be done that is not in violation of law, I shall be pleased to receive the suggestion.

Very Respectfully yours,

E. R. Hoar,

Attorney General.

Blanton Duncan's case, see ante p. 492.


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