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    Jefferson Davis 1875 Autograph Letter Signed "Jefferson Davis". Four pages, 8" x 10", Memphis, August 15, 1875, in ink, to Mr. P. Kimball, Secretary of the Winnebago County Agricultural Society, slightly toned with the usual fold creases, else fine.

    An interesting letter illustrative of the lingering bad feelings between north and south a decade after the conclusion of the Civil War. Davis cancels a speaking engagement before an Illinois agricultural society after a number of its members protest his inclusion. He then goes on to give three reasons for originally accepting the invitation. He writes, in part: "...first the hope that personal intercourse might remove some of the prejudices which had been generated by partisan petions [sic, petitions] and nurtured by individual and sectional hate...to promote the interest of our great valley of the Mississippi...the second...to recognize the county of your Board, and I was encouraged to believe that your reception of me would be beneficial, rather than injurious to your Association...the third object was to gratify a wish long entertained to see in the cultivated dress, a country known by me as a trackless wilderness...". Regarding his last point, Davis was referring to his posting at Fort Winnebago early in his military career in 1829.


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