To William T. Otto 
Understanding that persons giving credit in this case will have no strictly legal claim upon the government, yet the necessity for it is so great and urgent, that I shall most cheerfully urge upon Congress that such credit and claims fairly given and made, shall be recognized and paid. A. LINCOLN
Oct. 1. 1864.
 AES, DNA NR RG 48, Indian Division, Letters Received. Lincoln's endorsement appears on a letter of Acting Secretary of the Interior William T. Otto enclosing a letter of William P. Dole, October 1, 1864, suggesting that Cherokee Agent Justin Harlan be instructed to buy on credit in New York $30,000 worth of clothing and that Superintendent William G. Coffin at Leavenworth, Kansas, be instructed to buy $170,000 worth of food for relieving the refugee Indians in Kansas.