PRESIDENT JEFFERSON DAVIS (CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA) - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 05/27/1848 - HFSID 32081
Sale Price $1,700.00
SENATOR JEFFERSON DAVIS TELLS A "FELLOW SOLDIER" HOW TO CLAIM BOUNTY LAND ALLOWED HIM AS A RESULT OF BEING WOUNDED AND DISABLED IN THE MEXICAN WAR
JEFFERSON DAVIS. Autograph Letter signed: "Jeffn Davis" as U.S. Senator, 1p, 7¾x9¾, front and verso. Washington, 1848 May 27. To Frd. A Wolfe. In full: "I have the pleasure to acknowledge the receipt of your kind letter of the 14th Inst. It always gives me pleasure to hear from you, and from my young name sake, who I hope some day to see, also to make the acquaintance of his Mother to whom please present my kindest regards and esteem. The Commissioner of Pensions as you will perceive by his enclosed letter [not included] had allowed your claim to bounty land and provided the certificate. He also replied to my inquiry as to whether any additional evidence was required to have your name placed on the pension rolls. If you have the certificates of the Capt. and regimental surgeon, the first setting forth the time, place, and manner of your wound, the second the amount of disability, they will furnish the evidence required, if not the printed sheet enclosed will point out the course to pursue in order to obtain for you the allowance provided by law for such cases as yours. With sincerity becoming a fellow soldier I am your friend." Jefferson Davis (1808-1889), the only President of the Confederate States (1861-1865), served two nonconsecutive terms in the U.S. Senate (1847-1851, 1857-1861). Davis, a West Pointer, commanded the First Regiment of Mississippi Riflemen in the Mexican War (1846-1847). He later served as Secretary of War under President Pierce (1853-1857). Davis, a reluctant convert to secession and one of the last southern legislators to leave Washington, nevertheless dedicated the rest of his life to the Confederate cause, refusing to countenance surrender until his capture by federal troops and devoting the rest of his life to justifying "the lost cause." Lightly soiled. Paper loss at upper horizontal fold removes segment of the two tails of "ff" in "Jefferson" and touches "s" of "Davis". 2¾-inch paper separation at center of upper fold, connecting spots of paper loss mentioned above. Slightly frayed at left and right edges, with paper separation (¼-¾ inches) at edges of both folds. Writing on each side shows through lightly, not affecting legibility.
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