Davis, Jefferson (1808-1889) Autograph Letter Signed, 22 January 1861.
Two pages, on a lined folding stationery bifolium. To John French, expressing an inability to help with a problem a West Point, and mentioning his withdrawal from the Senate because of Mississippi's secession from the union. The paper is crisp and clean, with the original folds, and small tears where the folds converge, 9 3/4 x 7 3/4 in.
In this notable personal letter, written the day after Davis's resignation from the Senate, in the wake of his state's secession, he mentions these notable historic events seemingly in passing. "I do not think it very probable that anything will be done this session & I have withdrawn from the Senate because of the secession of Missi[ssippi], so that the little power I once possessed is no longer available for the service of my friends."
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