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Title: Amos T. Akerman to Thomas F. Purnell, 8 November 1871

Date: November 8, 1871

Whitman Archive ID: nar.02131

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Nov. 8, 1871.

Thos. F. Purnell, Esq. U. S. Marshal,

Austin, Texas.


I have received your letter of the 28th ultimo, relative to certain monies recieved by you for the sale of certain horses and mules sold under an interlocutory decree of the District Court of the United States for your District, and asking what disposition shall be made thereof, and how the necessary expenses of keeping the animals and of the sale of the same shall be paid.

In reply, I have to inform you that the money should remain where you have placed it—with the U. S. Depositary, to the credit of the Court, to abide the final result of the suit. When the judgment is rendered, if it be in favor of the United States, the Court will then allow your costs and expenses out of the proceeds realized; but if, on the contrary, the suit should be determined in favor of the claimants, then the amount will, under the order of the Court, be returned to them. And you should render a special account for such costs and expenses as may have been incurred, to the First Auditor of the Treasury, by which officer it will be adjusted.

Very respectfully,

A. J. Akerman,

Attorney General.

certain moneys involved in pending suit.


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