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Title: Amos T. Akerman to Carlisle & McPherson, 11 August 1871

Date: August 11, 1871

Whitman Archive ID: nar.02402

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Aug. 11, 1871.

Messrs. Carlisle and McPherson,

Attorneys at Law,

Washington, D. C.


Your letter of the 7th inst. suggesting a dismissal of the appeal in the case of Sheldon W. Wight vs. The United States, has been referred to Assistant Attorney General Talbot. Until I receive his Report, I shall not be able to form a judgment in the matter.

This appeal was taken when the cotton cases were under a different control from the present, on the part of the United States. I presume that the officers then having the matter in charge had good reason for their action,—and I should not feel at liberty to take action in effect overruling theirs, unless in a very clear case.

I do not know whether your charge of perverting the law is intended to apply to them, or to the present professional representatives of the Government. If the latter, I am not aware of the existence of any facts which justify the censure which you have thought proper to communicate to me.

Very respectfully,

A. T. Akerman,

Attorney General.

p 38.

case of S. W. Wight vs. The U. S.


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