Washington. 1861-62. Two printed telegram forms, completed in manuscript. Docketed and stamped on verso. Some moderate edge tearing and creasing. Overall good. Item #WRCAM21916
The first telegram, sent from Pittsburgh on April 3, 1861, to William P. Dale, Commissioner of Indian Affairs, reads: "I have sent my bond my mail - shall I come on for instructions answer immediately. W.A. Burleigh." The second, sent from St. Joseph, Missouri on Sept. 20, 1862, addressed to acting Commissioner of Indian Affairs Charles E. Mix, reads: "Maj. Burleigh is here. H.B. Branch, Supt." In January of 1862 Burleigh was under investigation for graft and corruption, and was soon thereafter suspended from his position.