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    [Hampton Roads Peace Conference] Printed "Daily Star Extra" Newspaper Handbill, with a single-word headline declaring "PEACE" in bold, inch-high letters. N.p. [Washington, D.C.], "Saturday morning, Feb. 4" [1865], about 2.75" x 7". A subhead reporting "Lincoln and Seward Return to Washington" is followed by a New York Tribune dispatch from City Point, Virginia, claiming that it "is understood . . . Jeff Davis and his Cabinet have instructed [Alexander] Stephens to make peace on the best terms he can, but to make peace." The report speculates that Stephens (the Confederate vice-president) "would not return to the Confederacy if he did not succeed in his mission . . . Messrs. Lincoln and Seward are on the way back, but nothing is known as to the result of their conference." Lincoln and Stephens first met as members of the 30th Congress (1847-49) at which time they shared opposition to the Mexican War, Stephens delivering a speech on the subject which Lincoln said brought tears to his "old, withered, dry eyes". Their acquaintance was renewed at Hampton Roads when they, Sec. of State Seward, and two other rebel commissioners met secretly aboard the steamer River Queen and discussed peace terms. The conference could not reach common ground, largely because of northern insistence on reunion and southern on separation, and so civil war continued for several months. Attached to faded ribbon backing; some foxing; fine.

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