A four page folded sheet (two integral pages blank), on the letterhead of the Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C. Single page of text in a clerical hand, signed by Harlan as Secretary of the Dept. of Interior. Addressed to Saml. F. Cooper, Esq., Clerk U.S. Dist. Court, Van Buren, Arkansas. Docketed on verso [stating "James Harlan, Secy Treasury" [sic]. Creased from folding. Very good. Item #44795
Harlan's office transmitted to Cooper's district court a complete set of laws, for official use. Harlan (1820-1899) was Lincoln's Secretary of the Interior during his second term. His daughter later married Robert Todd Lincoln. During his attempts at cost cutting measures, he famously fired Walt Whitman from his clerkship in the Indian Office.