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Title: Amos T. Akerman to Hamilton Fish, 23 August 1871

Date: August 23, 1871

Whitman Archive ID: nar.03298

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Aug. 23, 1871

Hon. Hamilton Fish,

Secretary of State.


Referring to your letter to me of the 19th ultimo, enclosing a communication from the British Minister, relative to the case of John Davidson, convicted in Montana Territory of selling whisky to Indians, I have the honor to transmit herewith the copy of a Report of Cornelius Hedges Esq. U.S. District Attorney, of a letter to Mr. Hedges from Wm F. Wheeler, Esq. U.S. Marshal, and of a deposition of                Hand, a deputy U.S. Marshal.

These papers show, I think, that Davidson had a fair trial, and was properly convicted, and that he has no proper claim to the character of a British subject.

Very respectfully,

A. T. Akerman,

Attorney General.

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John Davidson


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