PRESIDENT JEFFERSON DAVIS (CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA) - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 11/15/1851 - HFSID 27647
JUST 11 DAYS AFTER LOSING THE ELECTION FOR GOVERNOR OF MISSISSIPPI, JEFFERSON DAVIS WRITES TO A FRIEND ABOUT PAYING A BILL RELATING TO A "MILEAGE ACCOUNT" JEFFERSON DAVIS. Autograph Letter signed: "Jeffn Davis". 1p, 7¾x9¾. No place, 1851 November 15. To "My Dear Sir"
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JUST 11 DAYS AFTER LOSING THE ELECTION FOR GOVERNOR OF MISSISSIPPI, JEFFERSON DAVIS WRITES TO A FRIEND ABOUT PAYING A BILL RELATING TO A "MILEAGE ACCOUNT"
JEFFERSON DAVIS. Autograph Letter signed: "Jeffn Davis". 1p, 7¾x9¾. No place, 1851 November 15. To "My Dear Sir". In full: "I have just received your kind letter of the 27th inst. which was sent to my residence during my absence. The contingency which you mention in relation to the mileage account will induce me to provide for the payment of the bill drawn in favor of Corcoran & Riggs. I will direct my factor in New Orleans to send you a draft which I hope will reach you before the date at which the above mentioned bill falls due. And this will enable me to act freely hereafter on the matter of the mileage account as may seem advisable when further advised by you. Accept my thanks for your obliging attention and very gratifying expressions of friendly remembrance. Mrs. Davis joins me in assurances of regard and good wishes to your family and self. Very truly yours." Jefferson Davis (1808-1889) had resigned his seat in Congress on September 23, 1851, to run for Governor of Mississippi against his senatorial colleague, Henry S. Foote who was a Union Whig. Davis was a strong champion of Southern rights and argued for the expansion of slave territory and economic development of the South to counterbalance the power of the North. On November 4th, Davis lost the election by less than a thousand votes and retired to his plantation where he wrote this letter 11 days later. Sixteen months later, he was appointed Secretary of War by Franklin Pierce, serving from 1853-1857 when he returned to the U.S. Senate until he resigned in 1861. The reference to "mileage" may refer to the compensation to U.S. Senators traveling to and from Washington. Davis, the only President of the Confederacy (1861-1865), a reluctant convert to secession and one of the last southern legislators to leave Washington, 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. Horizontal and vertical folds, one of the latter crossing the "rs" of signature. Overall, fine condition.
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