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    Jefferson Davis Autograph Letter Signed as a Senator for the State of Mississippi. Four pages, 7.75" x 10", Washington, December 29, 1849, in response to a letter from "Hon. D. Lipscomb" discussing slavery, the Wilmot Proviso, and topics under debate in the Senate and Congress. It reads, in part:

    "I may say after the trials I have undergone that I am sure my democracy will stand any crucible, and I feel that an occassion is all which is necessary to dispel the distrust which any one may feel on that point. There were many who judging me by a standard of their own, anticipate my defection from our party in the last presidential canvass. Had my own aggrandizement been the controlling motive of my political acts, as those persons seemed instinctively to expect, the affection and personal confidence of Genl. [Zachary] Taylor would have led me into the path which they expected me to follow, but having opposed his election, denounced the attempt by a banner without inscription to disorganize our party, and put myself uncompromisingly in opposition to this anti-democratic administration, it is stupid as it is dishonest to attemtp to impose on the public the belief that I will hereafter abandon my principles for a subordinate place in an organization with which I would not connect myself when its highest position were open to me... Before this reaches you, you will have seen the end of the long struggle in the house of Reps. for their speaker, it is less tham we could desire as a result, but as much as it was possible to obtain. Our people showed an anxiety for organization in which I did not sympathize. The North would feel the want of legislation... and would have become very wary of the slave question if it endangered their appropriations. It was stated here that in New York, Philad and elsewhere the excitement would soon be manifested by mass meetings, and I hope it might create a public feeling against free soilism as the cause of a failure to organize Congress. The message is as ultra Whig as I ever foretold in 1848 the no party administration would be found. The expressions in relation to sectional questions, and the admission of states and the veto power, are said by Southern Whigs to mean, that it wants no legislation and negroes, no territorial bills and will veto the Wilmot proviso.If so it is something to break the shock of a message which would be very bad if it were not utterly powerless. To recommend to the present Congress a protective tariff and a substitute for the Ind. Treasury implies a total absence of all attention to its ingredients. A motion was made yesterday to repeal the restrictions imposed on the Treasury Dept. in its disbursements for the collection of revenue..."

    Writing is bold, which has led to some ink bleeding on all pages, but text remains clear and bright. Main horizontal fold is weak with separations thereat, mainly as a result of ink-burn. Very good condition. Great content, expressing the political views of the future Confederate president a decade before the Civil War. Accompanied by a typed letter dated March 2, 1933, from the Mississippi state archives asking the recipient to send in their two Davis letters for copying.


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