James Harlan, Signature on Free Frank


Robert Lincoln’s Father-in-Law Sends a Free Frank Envelope

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 James Harlan, Autograph Signature on Free Frank.

Harlan’s eldest daughter married Robert Lincoln and his son, William, was a close friend of Tad.  A member of the Alabama Claims commission and closely involved with Indian affairs, he was also known for having fired Walt Whitman, then a clerk at Interior, after finding Leaves of Grass to be morally offensive; Harlan said he’d resign if Whitman was reinstated.


Harlan, James.Free Franked Orange Envelope “Jas. Harlan / U.S.S.” addressed by him to a “D. Marshall.”