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    Jefferson Davis Autograph Letter Signed "Jeffer Davis" as Secretary of War. One page of a ruled bifolium, 6.75" x 8.5", Washington, D.C., November 14, 1855. Less than five years before the Civil War began, the future Confederate president writes to "Professor Bachs" in part:

    "My engagements will not permit me to go up to see you this morning and I therefore enclose a note from young . . . [illegible] which he addressed to me as a memorandum for a conversation he desired me to have with you. The situation of his family is believed to be correctly represented. Please read his note and return it to me. I will not express a wish where I know a sense of duty alone can guide your action, and assured as I am that your judgement will naturally incline to the side of a youth struggling to sustain his widowed mother."

    Davis served as war secretary until 1857, when he became a U.S. Senator from Mississippi. He resigned that office in January 1861 and was elected president of the Confederacy in February.


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    December, 2014
    12th Friday
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