Fine Books & Manuscripts
Davis, Jefferson (1808-1889) and Varina Banks Howell Davis (1826-1906)Archive of Correspondence.
Three letters from Varina Davis, 1859-1861, addressed to John W. French, one written on the blank pages following a letter to French by Jefferson Davis, one letter missing its first section; and an additional letter addressed to French from an unknown writer, small-format stationery, all letters in their envelopes, some with Jefferson Davis's free frank (perhaps written by his wife),with toning, spots, and old folds, all envelopes torn.
Varina touches on personal and political matters, and evinces a very close personal relationship with French. In the short letter signed by Jefferson Davis, of 16 March 1859 he mentions speaking to the president (Buchanan) on behalf of French about his son's appointment to West Point.
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