Confederate Congressman Humphrey Marshall Autograph Letter Signed, "H. Marshall", one page, 5.25" x 8.75", Richmond, Virginia, December 26 [1864] to President Jefferson Davis. The letter reads: "Impressed by the appearance and tendency of public affairs with the conviction that every patriot should unite his whole influence to unite with our energies in common efforts for the harmony of our people I have desired to have a familiar and private talk with you on the conditions of the country in general and some movements in particular, but have not visited at your house because I feared you were too much indisposed to sustain such a visit, even if in your opinion it was desirous. I submit to you in writing therefore the suggestion leaving you to name a time when it will suit you to receive me." Light toning and mounted to an old collection board. A penciled notation on the upper margin claims this letter was responded to by Davis on December 28.

    Marshall, a Kentuckian, was a man with considerable military and political experience. A West Point graduate, he served before the war in the U.S. Congress and had been Minister to China. Marshall proved himself a rather ineffective Confederate brigadier, however, and represented Kentucky in the Confederate Congress for much of the war.

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