BRIGADIER GENERAL MATT W. RANSOM - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 06/15/1878 - HFSID 261543
MATT W. RANSOM The Confederate Commander and U.S. Senator pens affectionate letter to his wife, discussing two of their children, signs name in black ink Autograph letter signed: "M.W. Ransom" in black ink. 3 pages, 5x8 on U.S. Senate letterhead. Washington, D.C., 1878 June 15.
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MATT W. RANSOM
The Confederate Commander and U.S. Senator pens affectionate letter to his wife, discussing two of their children, signs name in black ink
Autograph letter signed: "M.W. Ransom" in black ink. 3 pages, 5x8 on U.S. Senate letterhead. Washington, D.C., 1878 June 15. To his wife, "My precious darling,". In full: "Congress will not adjourn until Tuesday night, the 18th. So I will be with you on Wednesday morning, I pray. I write to ask you to tell dear 'Tom' that I will never forgive her if she thinks of leaving before I get home. I wish so much to see her and spend some days with you together. It will be a real pleasure to me. I hope Dr. Norris can come down and spend some days with us. I have thought so much of you all since you and Tom have been together. I know you remember the summer at Shocco and Warrenton before we were married. I was much disappointed this morning at not receiving John and Esther's message. I ordered some Lai an Bus sent you. I hope you have received them. I have received Joe's and Bob's report from Chapel Hill. They are very indifferent but I will bear it tho' it almost breaks my heart. I strained my last resource to send them to College and did everything I could to make them happy. I think sick as I have been they ought to have tried to please me - but I have resolved not to scold about it I pray they will think better of it. I will not despair of something better for them. I hope you are all very well and spending your time pleasantly. If you bonnet does not suit you, you must send it back to W. William, Penn Ave, Washington City & write what kind of one you wish. They will try to please you. But I simply write to tell you when I hope to be at home and to ask you to be sure and keep dear Tom. I am so sorry that it has been impossible for me to get to see her. God bless you al. My sweetest Angel." Brigadier General Matt W. Ransom (1826-1904) graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1847 where studied law, was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Warrenton, North Carolina. Ransom was a presidential elector on the Whig ticket in 1852, Attorney General of North Carolina from 1852-1855, and served in the State house of commons from 1858-1861. With the outbreak of the Civil War, Ransom was chosen as one of the three commissioners from North Carolina to the Confederate government in Montgomery, Alabama; he was then commissioned as a lieutenant colonel of the 1st North Carolina Infantry, later Colonel of the 35th North Carolina Infantry, and eventually in 1863 Brigadier General of the North Carolina brigade. He saw action at some of the war's toughest battles: Seven Pines, Seven Days Battles, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Plymouth, Weldon, Suffolk, the siege of Petersburg, and was present during the surrender at Appomattox. After the war, Ransom was elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1872, and would go on to serve four terms over the next twenty years, even briefly serving as President Pro tempore. After his Senate service he was appointed Minister to Mexico (1895-1897). Horizontal folds, not affecting signature. Toned. Stained throughout. Creased throughout. Corners rounded. Otherwise, fine condition.
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