PRESIDENT JEFFERSON DAVIS (CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA) - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 06/25/1873 - HFSID 13595
JEFFERSON DAVIS. ALS: "Jefferson Davis", 1p, 8x10. Carolina Life Insurance Company, Memphis, Tenn., 1873 June 25. To Governor Harris. In full: "I send you the result of my consideration of the papers you left with me.
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JEFFERSON DAVIS. ALS: "Jefferson Davis", 1p, 8x10. Carolina Life Insurance Company, Memphis, Tenn., 1873 June 25. To Governor Harris. In full: "I send you the result of my consideration of the papers you left with me. I am in that condition which makes me careful as far as practicable to keep out of the Newspapers, and would prefer that my letter should not be published; but if it is, do not let it go forth otherwise than in connection with the correspondence to which it refers. I suppose the umpires will have no occasion to show my letter to others and will well understand the readiness of the Yankees to make something out of it." GOVERNOR HARRIS is probably Isham Harris (1818-1897), Governor of Tennessee from 1857-1862 and the only Confederate Governor of Tennessee (1861-1862). After the Civil War, Harris returned to his law practice in Memphis. The papers DAVIS refers to probably related to an insurance matter since he mentions "umpires". An umpire, or arbitrator, is brought in to settle a dispute that mediators were unable to resolve. Davis was the only President of the Confederate States of America (1861-1865). In 1869, Davis became President of the Carolina Life Insurance Company in Memphis. He resigned on August 25, 1873, when the company was sold, two months after writing this letter. He left for England five months later, seeking employment with the Royal Insurance Company. He was told no British insurance company wanted to enter the American market with Jefferson Davis as their representative because northern animosity toward him would hurt their business in the United States. This only intensified his own suspicions of northerners as is evident in the last line of this letter. Lightly creased, slightly soiled.
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