Washington. March 22, 1886. p. plus original envelope. Quarto. Old fold lines. Slight separation at some folds. Faint offsetting. Very good plus. Item #WRCAM43506
Senator Benjamin Harrison writes to William H. Clagart of Murray, Idaho regarding the annexation of the panhandle of Idaho into Washington Territory. Harrison was chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Territories at the time. The letter reads: "Dear Sir: Your letter of the 10th inst. in relation to the House bill annexing the Panhandle of Idaho to Washington Territory has been received and I have handed the same to the sub-committee that has charge of the matter. I introduced in the Senate the other day the amended bill you refer to and it is now before our Committee." Washington Territory encompassed the area that would become the state of Idaho until 1889, when Washington became the forty-second state in the Union. Idaho was admitted as a state the following year.