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    Jefferson Davis Letter Signed As Acting Secretary Of The Navy. Two pages including integral blank, on blue lined paper, 7.75" x 10", "Navy Department, June 4, 1853." Although best known as the president of the Confederate States, Davis had a military career long before the outbreak of the Civil War. This attractive letter is addressed to Commander George W. Storer of the U.S. Navy at Portsmouth, and reads in full: "Sir, In reply to your letter of the 2d instant, I inform you that your application for duty will receive consideration when an opportunity shall offer. I am, respectfully, Your Obt. Sevt., Jeffer. Davis, Actg. Secy. of the Navy." One year later, Storer was appointed governor of the U.S. Naval Asylum in Philadelphia.

    It is unclear why Davis signed this letter as "Acting Secretary of the Navy". President Franklin Pierce had appointed Davis his secretary of war on March 7, 1853, and James Dobbin his secretary of navy the next day. Both men served in their positions until 1857. Letter is docketed on second page, verso, and shows faint toning, but is in otherwise very fine condition.

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