James Harlan, Signature on Free Frank
Robert Lincoln’s Father-in-Law Sends a Free Frank Envelope
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.”