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Title: Amos T. Akerman to John D. Pope, 9 November 1871

Date: November 9, 1871

Whitman Archive ID: nar.02133

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Nov. 9, 1871.

John D. Pope, Esq.

U. S. Attorney,

Atlanta, Geo.


I have received a letter from several citizens of Georgia, recommending Mr. L. B. Hargrove for the position of Assistant District Attorney.

I know of no occasion for such an appointment. You have expressed no dissatisfaction with your present Assistant, Mr. Sloan, who, I have reason to believe, is an efficient officer.

It is probable that this application has reference to an employment on special service, misunderstood by the applicant to be that of a regular assistant. That service has expired, and there are no funds for continuing it. And though it would gratify me to serve Mr. Hargrove, I am not able to do so under these circumstances.

I will add that it would require an extraordinary state of things to induce me to appoint an Assistant District Attorney without consultation with the District Attorney himself.

Very respectfully,

A. T. Akerman,

Attorney General.

special U. S. (Ass't.) Attorney.


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