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    Judah P. Benjamin Autograph Letter Signed, "J.P. Benjamin". Two pages, 4.5" x 7.5", London, September 1, 1865, to Edwin G. Lee, Montreal, Quebec. Having excellent content, the letter reads:"I have just arrived in London, and find the public affairs of the Confederacy in lamentable disorder. I am closing up the accounts of all agents of the Department, and collecting the funds remaining on hand to pay the most scared claims against the Government, among which the first and most pressing is that of the President and his family &c. I know that Mrs Davis is entirely without resources. I have therefore to beg that you will as speedily as possible forward me your account, and remit the unexpended balance of the funds I sent to you in Canada." Fine condition. Judah Benjamin was undoubtedly the South's most brilliant statesman and served her admirably as Confederate Secretary of State. After Richmond's fall, he became a wanted man and made his way to safety in England. Although Benjamin found himself without a country, he still felt responsible for certain unfinished affairs of state. This letter is penned from London to Edwin Grey Lee, a former Confederate brigadier and secret service operative in Canada. Since Benjamin was acting in an official capacity, he signed off as Secretary of State. This is quite possibly the last official letter of the Confederate Government by Secretary of State Judah P Benjamin.

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