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[[underlined]] ^[] [[/underlined]] [[preprinted]] War Department Washington City [[/preprinted]] November 12th, 1881. Madam, I beg to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 4th instant in regard to placing the children of Sitting Bull's band in Bishop Hare's Mission Schools, and to inform you, in reply, that the subject being one which pertains to the Interior Department, your letter has been referred to the Honorable Secretary of the Interior. Very respectfully, Robert T Lincoln Secretary of War Miss A.C. Fletcher Care of Rev. A.L. Riggs Santee Agency, Neb.
The Secretary of War in 1881 was Robert Todd Lincoln. His signature indicates it's him, but the lettering is difficult to read.
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