To William P. Dole 
My dear Sir Washington, April 14. 1865
Please do not send off the commission of W. T. Howell, as Indian agent in Michigan, until the return of Mr. Harlan, and hearing from me again. Yours truly A. LINCOLN
 ALS, owned by William H. Townsend, Lexington, Kentucky. On March 10, Lincoln nominated William T. Howell of Michigan to be agent for the Indians in Michigan, succeeding DeWitt C. Leach, and the Senate confirmed the nomination on March 11. James Harlan had been nominated and confirmed secretary of the Interior on March 9, but had not yet taken office. Lincoln wished to delay the commission, perhaps, until Harlan could approve Howell's appointment. Richard M. Smith, rather than Howell, received the appointment.