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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 explains why he couldn't ask President William McKinley for favors to help Doolittle in his fight to keep the receivership of a bank.
Typed letter signed "J Sterling Morton". 1 page, 7¾x10¼. Arbor Lodge, Nebraska City, Nebraska, March 29, 1898. Addressed to Milton Doolittle, Esq., Bank Receiver, North Platte, Nebraska. In full: "My dear Doolittle: Yours of the 21st instant came during my absence in Chicago and I hasten now upon my return to assure you that, without compromising either you or me, I did that in relation to your continuation as receiver which I thought would be most conducive to your interest. What I endeavored to make you understand was: that I could not afford to place myself in the attitude of asking favors from Mr.McKinley's headmen and braves. You will not be disturbed in your position, beacuse you have as a business-man carefully and honestly discharged the duties which it imposed upon you. There never has been any danger of your being removed for political reasons. There has been considerable talk about the publication of an inde-pendent newspaper at this town by the Morton Bros. Printing Co. The name selcted for the new periodical is THE DYNAMO. It is not possible to state just when it will make its first appearance. However, you will be remembered when that event transpires. 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. Small tears in top edge along folds and pinholes where folds intersect. 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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