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#315 - Jefferson Davis

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“I was then a school boy,” responding to a decades-old legal case, but “if the claim is a just one I have no hesitation as to paying it”

ALS, one page both sides, 4.75 x 8, December 2, 1872. Letter to J. H. Bowman. In part: “Yours of the 29th ulto. received with the letter of Mr. Jacobson enclosed. I know little of the case he presents and that little predisposes me against the justice of the claim. At the date given 1823 my Brother because of ill health and the purpose to engage in planting was winding up his business as a Lawyer, and soon thereafter, I do not know the date, the partnership of Reed & Davis was dissolved…I was then a school boy. You will understand my knowledge of such affairs was quite imperfect. The books of Reed & Grayson if they can be found would perhaps show the true character of the case, you may also learn the view of my Brother by reading the correspondence to which Mr. Jacobson refers. If the claim is a just one I have no hesitation as to paying it, but that must be shown before I can believe it to be so.” At the bottom of the second page Bowman writes: “Mr Jacobson will please read the enclosed letter & return it to me and when convenient let me see the letters of J. D. Nicholson referred to in his letter. Respectfully JH Bowman Dec 4th 1872.” Letter is inlaid to a slightly larger off-white sheet. Intersecting folds, one through a single letter of signature, mild toning and spotting, and slight paper loss along top edge, otherwise fine condition. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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