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Morton signed this typed letter to Milton Doolittle from his Arbor Lodge home in Nebraska City, Nebraska in 1898. In it, he says he won't ask favors of "the present Administration" to help Doolittle.
Typed letter signed "J Sterling Morton". 1 page, 7¾x10¼, on flimsy paper. Arbor Lodge, Nebraska City, Nebraska, Feb. 16, 1898. Addressed to Milton Doolittle, Esq., Bank Receiver, North Platte, Nebraska. In full: "My dear Sir: I hasten to reply to your lengthy communication of the 11th instant and to assure you that I should be delighted to do anything in my power to serve you, but that I can not become a suppliant at the feet of the present Administration. Up to this moment I have never asked any fav-ors either of the President or of any Member of his Cabinet, and I certainly shall not begin now by asking favors, either for myself or my friends, from the successor of Mr.Eckels in the office of Comptroller of the Currency. However, it is only fair to Mr.Dawes to say that, in my judgment, he is too much of a man to be influenced by the petty and frivolous charges which your enemies are making or may make to secure your removal from the receivership, Personally I do not know Mr.Dawes, have never met him and therefore am not in a position to make any con-fidential communications to him. You have discharged your duties faithfully and well and I am very glad that I have even a small part of the honor of having secured you the position. Yours truly,". Arbor Lodge was Morton's home in Nebraska City, Nebraska. It's now home to the Arbor Lodge State Historical Park and Arboretum. Morton (1832-1902, born in Adams, New York) was Secretary of Nebraska Territory (1858-1861) and served as President Grover Cleveland's Secretary of Agriculture in his second term (1893-1897). Morton also founded Arbor Day. Lightly toned, stained and creased. Light dents in left edge. Folded twice vertically and once horizontally and unfolded. Otherwise in fine condition.

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Born: April 22, 1832 in Adams, New York
Died: April 27, 1902 in Lake Forest, Illinois

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