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Summer Fine Art & Antiques Auction - Day 1

Sat, Jul 8, 2023 09:00AM EDT
Lot 555

Jefferson Davis, Toombs & Reagan Post Civil War Letters and Ephemera

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Six (6) post Civil War ephemera including letters, some signed, from Jefferson Davis and CSA Cabinet Members Robert Toombs and John Reagan. 1st item: Jefferson Davis, former Confederate States of America (CSA) President, handwritten list of six members of the CSA cabinet, their roles, and their current location if living. Written in response to and beneath an inquiry from Harry [illegible] requesting the names of CSA cabinet members, dated 1879. Unsigned. Davis writes: "March 1865- J. P. Benjamin, Sect of State, London, England / G. A. Trenholm, Sect of Treasy, Dead / Jno. C. Breckenridge, Sect of War, Dead / Stephen R. Mallory, Sect. of Navy, Dead / Jno. H. Reagan, Post Master Genl, Mebe [sic] Palestine Texas / Geo Davis, Atty Genl, Wilmington N.C." 10 5/16" H x 7 1/4" W. 2nd item: Robert Toombs, former CSA Secretary of State, ASL addressed to James Brooks (possibly the Congressional Representative from New York) dated 1868. Toombs writes "Allow me to introduce to your acquaintance, my friend the Hon Nelson Tift a member elect from the (so called) State of Georgia to the Congress of the United States. Col Tift is a Democrat and has the confidence of the Democracy of Georgia, a true man and I commend him to your courtesy and kindness." On paper with congressional embossment, upper left. 5 11/16" H x 7 5/8" W. 3rd item: General John H. Reagan, former CSA Post Master and United States Senator, ASL written beneath and in response to a list of CSA cabinet members in chronological sequence. Reagan writes: "Your list is correct except that Gen. G. W. Smith was not Sec. of War. And that I was Secretary of the Treasury ad-interum for a short period of time at the close (over) of the war. / Very Respectfully / John H. Reagan." With notations and additional information and officials added to list in pencil. Undated. 9" H x 5 1/2" W. 4th item: John H. Reagan two-page ASL addressed to Jefferson Davis, dated 1889. Reagan begins: "Herewith please find a newspaper slip which contains the editorial comments of the Daily Forth Worth Gazette, on your denial of Lord [Garnet Joseph] Wolseley's statement about the 10,000 Winchester rifles." He also discusses Davis's potential return to Washington, D.C., writing: "I see from the newspapers a statement that Governor Lee of Virginia has written requesting you to be present sometime next month at the unveiling of the R. E. Lee monument; and that Mrs. Davis and your daughter Miss Winnie are expected to be with you there, as the guests of Governor Lee. When you get there would it not be agreeable to yourself and Mrs and Miss Davis to revisit Washington, so late the theater of your public career. You would meet many warm friends here, and would no doubt feel an interest in viewing the changes time has wrought." Reagan concludes with an invitation for Davis to stay with his family in Washington and discussion of his son Jeff's poor eyesight, which led to his leaving West Point. Written on United States Senate letterhead. Both sheets 10" H x 8" W. 5th item: Confederate Veteran magazine letterhead, with image of the first, battle, and last Confederate flags. With the name of the magazine's founder and editor Sumner Archibald Cunningham, upper right, and dated 1901, Nashville, TN. With Titan Bond watermark. 6" H x 8 1/2" W. 6th item: Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, number 2023, American Edition volume 56, number 1. Published by Leonard Scott and Co., New York, 1863. Includes the article A Month's Visit to the Confederate Headquarters by an English Officer. This article was written by British Army Field Marshal Garnet Joseph Wolseley and describes his 1862 journey "into the forbidden land of Dixey, despite all the blockading, gunboats, and Federal patrols." 9" H x 5 3/4" W x 5/16" D.


1st item with creases, toning, and negligible soiling. 2nd item in excellent condition, affixed to card stock with glue applied to upper edge. 3rd item with creasing and 1/4" tear to left edge. 4th item with creasing and uneven toning to first page. 5th item with creasing and damp staining. 6th item with wear to edges and corners along with soiling and damp staining throughout.

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