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    Jefferson Davis Autograph Letter Signed With Free Franked Cover as United States senator. Two pages, written on recto of first page only, 4.5" x 7", Washington, D.C., n.d. [May 21, 1848]. Following service in the Mexican War where he participated in the successful siege of Monterrey and fought bravely at the Battle of Buena Vista, President James K. Polk offered Davis a Federal commission as a brigadier general and command of a brigade of militia, a position Davis declined in favor of returning to politics.

    Because of his war service, the governor of Mississippi appointed Davis to fill out the senate term of the late Jesse Speight. He took his seat December 5, 1847, and was elected to serve the remainder of his term in January 1848. The senate made Davis chairman of the Committee on Military Affairs. In addition, the Smithsonian Institution appointed him a regent at the end of December 1847. It was at this time that Davis penned the brief letter offered here.

    Presumably written in response to an autograph request, the letter is addressed to Joseph R. Hunter of Mercer, Pennsylvania and reads in full: "Sir, I have the pleasure to acknowledge the receipt of your's [sic] of the 18th Inst and to remain very truly yrs. Jeffer: Davis." Letter bears a small stain, a paper clip indentation at upper edge, and faint creases throughout. Very good condition. Letter is accompanied by the original transmittal cover which bears Davis' franking signature at upper right corner. Envelope is moderately age toned and stained, with some fading to the signature. Both the letter and the envelope have been affixed to a 6.5" x 11.5" backing board.


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