PRESIDENT JEFFERSON DAVIS (CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA) - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 10/05/1888 - HFSID 36541
Sale Price $1,360.00
THE FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE CONFEDERACY WRITES TO HIS STATE'S GOVERNOR ON BEHALF OF A MAN WHO IS REPUTED TO BE "UNJUSTLY SUFFERING CAPTIVITY."
JEFFERSON DAVIS. ALS: "Jefferson Davis", 1p, 5x8 lined sheet. Beauvoir, (Biloxi), Mississippi, 1888 October 5. To Mississippi Governor Robert Lowry. In full: "I enclose a letter from one claiming to be a [illegible] and to be unjustly suffering captivity. To a former letter from him I was compelled in my answer to acknowledge that I did not know him & except by his reference to you and others, my condition in that respect is not improved, being not only ignorant of the person but of the case and quite willing, if he is unjustly suffering to do anything consistent with propriety for his relief. I send his letter to you for your advice." Beauvoir was Jefferson's last home. After being invited to the estate to write his memoirs, Davis bought the property in February 1879 and lived there until his death on December 6, 1889, just over a year after writing this letter. In 1902, his widow, Varina, sold the central portion of the estate to the Mississippi Division, United Sons of Confederate Veterans, which operated Beauvoir as a home for Confederate veterans from 1903-1957. Davis had firsthand knowledge of unjust treatment. After the Civil War, he had been charged with treason and other crimes and imprisoned at Fortress Monroe, where he was kept in shackles for several days. Denied the trial he demanded, Davis' treatment brought outcries from admirers in both the North and the South, and he was finally released on bond. JEFFERSON DAVIS (1808-1889), the only President of the Confederate States of America (1861-1865), had been Secretary of War in the Cabinet of President Franklin Pierce (1853-1857). A West Pointer and veteran of the Mexican War battles of Monterrey and Buena Vista (under Zachary Taylor), Davis was also an experienced legislator. He represented Mississippi in the House (1845-1846) and the Senate (1847-1851, 1857-1861), leaving the U.S. Senate after his state seceded. ROBERT LOWRY (1831-1910), who served as Governor of Mississippi from 1882-1890, had formerly been a General in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. Before becoming Governor, Lowry, a Democrat, served in Mississippi's state senate (1865-1866). Lightly creased with folds, not at signature. Lightly soiled, touching some writing (all legible). Staple holes at upper left blank edge. Lightly soiled on verso (no show through). Overall, fine condition.
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