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Title: Benjamin Helm Bristow to J. G. Palen, 20 September 1871

Date: September 20, 1871

Whitman Archive ID: nar.02480

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Sept. 20, 1871.

Hon. J. G. Palen, Associate Justice,

Elizabeth, Colfax co. New Mex.


I have received your letter of the 9th instant, and, in reply, have to inform you that, in view of the facts therein stated as to the cause which prompts you again to ask leave of absence, the previous action of the Department declining such leave is reconsidered, and permission is granted you to be absent from the Territory for a period not exceeding three weeks, at the end of which time you will be expected to return to your post.

Owing to the great complaint made on account of the absence of Judges from their Districts, and in view of the Executive order, a copy of which is enclosed, all applications from them for leaves of absence, unless based upon the most urgent necessities, must be declined.

Very respectfully, &c.

B. H. Bristow, Solicitor General,

& Acting Attorney General.

leave of absence


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