In Whitman's Hand

Scribal Documents

About this Item

Title: Benjamin Helm Bristow to George S. Boutwell, 13 October 1871

Date: October , 1871

Whitman Archive ID: nar.03387

Source: National Archives and Records Administration. Transcribed from digital images or a microfilm reproduction of the original item. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Contributors to digital file: Elizabeth Lorang, John Schwaninger, and Anthony Dreesen

page image
image 1
page image
image 2

Oct. 13, 1871.

Hon. George S. Boutwell,

Secretary of the Treasury.


I have the honor to hand you herewith an original letter from the Attorney of the United States for the Southern District of New York with inclosures, relative to a certain suit recently instituted in the Supreme Court of the State of New York, to which the said District Attorney, in his official character, has been made party defendant. The nature of the suit, and the relief sought, are sufficiently set forth in the letter of the District Attorney.

Inasmuch as the records of this Department furnish no information touching the matter referred to, I will thank you to advise me of the condition of the claim of the United States against the bank at Selma, and whether or not the Treasury Department still asserts a right to the money in the Ocean National Bank referred to by the District Attorney. It will be observed that the District Attorney desires this information, and the direction of this Department as early as may be, in order that he may be prepared to answer the complaint by the 25th instant.

You will therefore please do me the favor to give this matter early attention, and advise me of the views of your Department touching the subject.

Please return the enclosed papers.

Very respectfully,

B. H. Bristow, Solicitor Gen'l,

& Acting Attorney Gen'l.

certain suit in N. Y.
claim of U.S.


Published Works | In Whitman's Hand | Life & Letters | Commentary | Resources | Pictures & Sound

Support the Archive | About the Archive

Distributed under a Creative Commons License. Matt Cohen, Ed Folsom, & Kenneth M. Price, editors.