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    James Seddon Autograph Letter Signed "James A Seddon." Four pages of a bifolium, 7.75" x 10", Richmond; April 27, 1856. The future Confederate States Secretary of War writes to the executor of Joseph C. Cabell, with regard to the wishes Cabell's wife, Mary Walker. Joseph had died in February of 1856, and Seddon writes to lay out the details of the estate and will. Within the text of the letter, Seddon voices some of his concerns about disputes in the will that had arisen, including the transference of slaves from one estate to another. He writes, in part:

    "In relation to Mrs. Cabell's rights, it must be concluded, I suppose that, notwithstanding the clear expression of Mr. Cabell's nieces to several friends to the contrary, the force of the general expression in his will would carry to the [illegible] the slaves desired from the estate of Mrs. Cabell's niece, and it is therefore desirable that some relinquishment should be obtained from them of their strictly legal rights in the relation to them. There is some doubt I think whether the amount mentioned in one of the papers in Mrs. Cabell's possession (which you have seen) as a debt or charge may not under the terms of his will be shall hold binding and a charge on the estate. I also doubt whether the stock, which is on the Corotoman Estate, the proceeds of the crops recently sold and indeed all the surplus profits derived from that estate, since the Deeds of Settlement, as far as they can be ascertained and followed into permanent investments, may not be regarded as bound by the general traits of the Deeds and being the movement of a [illegible] subject, like the principal pass to the survivor..."

    Condition: Usual mail folds, light toning at the bottom of the letter, and on the folds on verso. Small pencil notations present on front and back.

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