Department of the Interior,
Washington April 5th 1872
This Department is desirous of procuring some Indian relics with a view to their presentation to the Japanese Embassy, who have made application for them.
Understanding that you have in your office some articles of this description referred to, which can be probably be procured for the purpose named, I would esteem it a favor to be informed if I have been correctly advised in this premise? If so when the articles can be obtained?
Your obt. Serv.
To this officer, in charge,