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    Jefferson Davis Autograph Letter Signed. Three pages of a bifolium, 5.25" x 8.25", London; June 22, 1869. A letter written during his self-imposed exile in England addressed to the Carolina Insurance Company. The letter reads, in part:

    "Your letter of the 27th inst after being twice forwarded reached me at this place today. I am deeply sensible of your kindness, and sincerely thank you for your well directed effort to serve me. You are right in the supposition of the entire loss of my property. Several offers have been made to me of positions in the South which were very acceptable, but which 9i have had to decline because from their nature there was cause to fear that the persistent hostility of our enemy would be thought to be disadvantageously upon the interest confided to me. The proposition which you make especially if the office be established in Baltimore seems to be to be free from that [illegible] and to me personally would be very agreeable. You can therefore inform your friends whose kind consideration has [illegible] you to make the offer that I will be ready to accept it...I had expected to have returned to my country this spring, and should have done so but for ill health in my family, and consequently the state of my own health warned me that to return in midsummer to the immediate section which was once my home..."

    After the Civil War, Davis was imprisoned for treason for two years. After his release, he and his family went to Canada and from there sailed to the United Kingdom on July 25, 1868. His son, William, contracted typhoid fever a few months after they arrived, and the family had to remain in Waterloo while he recovered. Finally, in January 1869, the Davis family moved to London, where Jefferson looked for work as well as a way to return to the United States (Andrew Johnson had granted him a pardon on December 25, 1868). From the Estate of Malcolm S. Forbes.

    Condition: Light toning, usual mail folds. Weakness has occurred at the folds and some separation and paper loss has occurred. Paper loss has also occurred over "Jefferson" of the signature. All losses have been professionally repaired/reinforced with archival material. Section of page missing, does not affect text.


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