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Corwin, Thomas (1794-1865) to Origen Storrs Seymour

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02305.06 Author/Creator: Corwin, Thomas (1794-1865) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Manuscript letter signed Date: 16 February 1852 Pagination: 1 p. ; 25 x 19.9 cm.

Responds to Congressman Seymour's request for information on the Grant case. Replies, "no credit can be given on account of such alleged loss unless expressly authorized by Act of Congress. I am not aware of any case where this Department has undertaken to decide the complicated questions of vigilance, fidelity, and the possibility of fraud and connivance, which arise in most of such cases. The accounting officer only settle such accounts upon the proper vouchers. If these are not produced, it has always been held that relief could only be given by Act of Congress."

Congressman Seymour is Origen Storrs Seymour, a Representative from Connecticut.

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