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    Fascinating Jefferson Davis Autograph Letter Signed Two-sided letter written January 21, 1871, to an acquaintance, Mrs. Dorsey, apparently an autograph collector who had written to Davis asking him for "the signature of well known persons." Apparently Mrs. Dorsey was a bit of a Philistine, as she wanted only signatures, not entire letters, requiring Davis to "find letters from which (he) could consistently cut the signature." He sends her three: "One of Senator Clay of Ala. who was imprisoned after the War as you will remember. (Illegible) Mason you probably knew in Washington City and will recognize as the compiler of the War poetry of the South. R. R. Stevenson was the surgeon at the Andersonville prison." Davis goes on to say he hopes someday to accept her invitation to visit her at her country house, where he would "anticipate so much more joy as we should be less encumbered by the outside world." He closes with regards to her husband, also apparently an acquaintance. This 5" x 8" letter is in superb condition, and has been expensively custom framed so that both sides may be viewed. An utterly charming Davis letter. Measures 26" x 20" as framed, with a 19th century engraving of the Confederate President. Accompanied by COA from PSA/DNA.

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    Auction Dates
    April, 2005
    13th Wednesday
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