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#419 - Jefferson Davis

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Free-franked envelope, 5.25 x 3, addressed by Davis to “Revd. J.W. French, U.S. Mil. Academy, West Point, New York.” Franked in the upper right, “Jeffer Davis, USS.” In fine condition, with a bit of scattered light soiling, and a horizontal separation along top edge from opening, touching the tops of a couple of letters of signature. John W. French served as chaplain of the House of Representatives from 1841 until 1856 when he was appointed Chaplain and Professor of Geography, History, and Ethics at the Military Academy at West Point by President Franklin Pierce. He was notified of his appointment by Pierce’s Secretary of War, Jefferson Davis, and they remained lifelong friends. This friendship caused some to question French’s loyalty at the outbreak of the Civil War. Also included is a handwritten copy of a manuscript document of French’s, 13 pages on seven sheets, attesting to his devotion to the Union. In part: “turned to General Scott, and sought to effect an entire reliance of the President upon him. I advised bringing President Lincoln incognito to Washington, more than a month before the inauguration, and the forming of a perfect chain of offensive and defensive measures, between Mr. Buchanan, Mr. Lincoln and Genl Scott, known only to themselves. Genl. Scott still has these letters of mine on this subject. I refer to him. These were not the acts of one wanting in devotion to the Union…My letters will show that I was successful. It will be seen that I predicted each thing which subsequently took place. I forewarned of dangers which afterwards arose.” Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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