This 5 ¾” x 10 ¼” WAR DEPARTMENT SIGNAL OFFICE order form ((89.581HD) is signed by A. W. Greely. The order is to the SPENCER LENS COMPANY in Buffalo, NY for “One Telescope, with 3 inch object glass, variable eyepiece for magnification 30 to 60 times, with mounting for fastening to posts or trees, $90.00. To be engraved on first draw tube Signal Corps, U. S. Army. April, 1898. Procured in open market at lowest rate from the manufacturers.” Adolphus Greely was a lieutenant in the US Army and commanded the Arctic expedition that sailed from St. Johns, Newfoundland on July 7, 1881. In 1883, relief failing to reach him, he retreated southward as far as Cape Sabine where, after frightful hardship and the loss of 18 of his party, the remainder were rescued on June 22, 1884. He was made Brigadier General and Chief of he Signal Service in 1887, and Major General with command of he Pacific Division in 1906. The back of the order form is signed by James Allen, a Captain of the Signal Corps, distinguished for his services in the Spanish American War, and who later succeeded Greely as Chief of he Signal Service. In overall good condition, there is some yellowing, a light fold through Greely’s signature, the ink on Allen’s signature has run from being wetted, a couple of penciled numbers in upper left front, staple holes in upper left, and a couple of light marks from attachment in an album. From the late 19th to early 20th century Henry Howland autograph collection of Buffalo, NY, the paper comes in an acid free sleeve and a listing of items remaining in the Howland collection.