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Title: Amos T. Akerman to Edwards Pierrepont, 23 November 1871

Date: November 23, 1871

Whitman Archive ID: nar.02611

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Nov. 23, 1871.

Hon. Edwards Pierrepont,

No. 16 Wall street,

New York.


Your letters, that of the 19th, to the Solicitor General, and that of the 20th, to myself, in reference to the matter of Polhamius and Jackson, have been received.

I hope I was not understood in my previous letter any suspicion that your conduct had not been dictated by high professional and public principles. I surely would not knowingly direct a groundless prosecution against any person, reputable or disreputable. In this case, however, the War Department is satisfied that there is at least enough of a case to require a formal legal investigation. Should the investigation fail to show a ground for prosecution parties will of course escape molestation. If a ground for prosecution should be shown, there is no occasion why it should not be pressed.

Very respectfully,

A. T. Akerman,

Attorney General.

Polhaimus & Jackson, N. Y.


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