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Title: Amos T. Akerman to Richard H. Whitely, 24 February 1871

Date: February 24, 1871

Whitman Archive ID: nar.02927

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Feb. 24, 1871.

Hon. Richard H. Whitely,

House of Representatives,

Washington, D.C.


I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of this date, enclosing one to you from Mr. Samuel Lindsay, of Georgia, defendant in a suit brought by the United States in the Southern District of Georgia, on a post office bond, as surety for one Heald.

He requests that directions shall be given to the District Attorney to stop the suit.

Last April when I was acting as District Attorney for Georgia I found this case upon the docket. It was continued, according to my recollection, at the special instance of defendant's counsel. Though I should be glad to accommodate Mr. Lindsay, I would not be justified in forbearing to press a claim on the part of the Government, which appears to be a lawful one.

Should a judgment be entered against him, the relief which he desires to obtain from Congress can be as effectually granted then as now.

Very respectfully,

A. T. Akerman,

Attorney General.

certain nol pros requested


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