Washington: Government Printing Office, 1862. 17pp. Dbd. Old institutional stamp on titlepage. Internally clean. Very good. Item #WRCAM29606
The opinion of Edward Bates, Attorney General of the United States, on a matter stemming from a delayed payment to the firm of Pierce & Bacon for army supplies and transportation services rendered in Utah, contracted during the term of Secretary of War John B. Floyd. While the issue was brought to his attention by Secretary of War Edwin Stanton, Bates admits his office holds no power to litigate beyond the finding of fact, and he declares that the office of the Secretary of War has no authority to pay a contract based on the acceptance of the contract draft. Floyd's recent defection to the Confederacy only added confusion to the administrative quagmire. Scarce. OCLC locates only six copies. OCLC 17406918.