DAVIS, VARINA. (1826-1906). Wife of Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States of America. Autograph Letter Signed, “Varina Davis”, on monogrammed stationery. Two full pages, octavo. ” Fortress Monroe, Virginia, May 2, 1867″. Very fine condition. Docketed on verso: “Please see that this is returned to W D Chipley”. To W.D. Chipley, Esq. Written while her husband was still under arrest for his participation in the Civil War, as leader of the Confederacy. She writes:
“My dear Sir: Col. Taylor has this day forwarded to me your letter of the 16th ultimate covered by one from himself which is herewith enclosed. I feel very deeply the liberal kindness of the Ladies of Columbus and vicinity, and sympathising [sic] with them as they so generously do with us, can but fear that they have drawn too heavily upon their wasted resources, taking counsel only of their affection, and forgetting their own necessities. My grateful prayers are offered for them, and our children shall be taught to revere the memory and remember the friendship shown by these true friends in the day of our adversity. Accept for yourself and please present in acceptable terms to the Ladies for whom you act our sincere thanks. Very truly and respectfully yours, Varina Davis”.