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Varina H. Davis
A five page ALS! Mrs. Jefferson Davis writes that her ?husbands papers would shed a little light upon the diplomatic relations of the Confederate government with foreign nations ? Mr Davis was greatly astonished at Mr Bigelow?s statements in the book he wrote [?France and the Confederate Navy?] and said the facts were most astonishingly perverted...?
New York, New York, January 13, 1899. 4" x 6.25". "Black-bordered Autograph Letter Signed ?Varina Jefferson Davis,? five pages, 4? x 6.25?, front & verso. The first four pages are on two conjoined sheets; page five and a nine-line postscript are penned on another pair of conjoined sheets. The Girard, W. 44th St. [New York City], January 13, 1899. To Dr. J.M. Callahan. Soiled. Fine condition.Accompanied by a black-bordered envelope, 4.5? x 3.5?, addressed by Margaret Howell Davis Hayes (1855-1909), the sole surviving child of President and Mrs. Davis, to ?Col E. Palfrey / Howard Memorial Hall / Camp Street. New Orleans.? Signed by her in the upper left: ?If not delivered / return to Mrs. / J.A. Hayes / 832 N Cascade Ave / Colorado Springs Colo.? Postmarked Beauvoir, Miss., May 18, 1899. Col. Edward Palfrey (1830-1901) was President of the Board of Governors of the Louisiana Historical Association from 1893 until his death. Col. Palfrey is mentioned in the letter here offered.Black-bordered because four months earlier, on September 18, 1898, President and Mrs. Jefferson Davis?s youngest child, Varina Anne ?Winnie? Davis, had died at the age of 34. Born in 1864, Winnie had become known as ?Daughter of the Confederacy? for her appearances with her father on behalf of Confederate veterans? groups.In full, ?Your?s has been received and I wish I could feel that an examination of my husbands papers would shed a little light upon the diplomatic relations of the Confederate government with foreign nations, but every paper Mr Davis had of much importance was seized except those which … [Click Below for Full Description]
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