JULIUS STERLING MORTON
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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JULIUS S. MORTON
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