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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02017 Author/Creator: Davis, Jefferson (1808-1889) Place Written: s.l. Type: Autograph endorsement signed Date: circa 13 February 1862 Pagination: 2 p. ; 25 x 19 cm.

Summary of Content: Autograph endorsement signed in pencil "J.D.", on address leaf of a letter from Weldon N. Edwards to Jefferson Davis dated 13 February 1862 from Raleigh, North Carolina. Edwards, writing as president of the North Carolina Secession Convention, sends resolutions (not included) from the convention. Davis's endorsement directs George Washington Custis Lee to acknowledge receipt of the convention resolutions (not included) sent by Edwards. With additional signed endorsement in pencil of George Washington Custis Lee, "ansd' G.W.C.Lee." Stamped "Examined for War Records" and "Copied."

Full Transcript: Raleigh, N.C.,
Feby. 13th, 1862
To His Ex: Jefferson Davis
Pr:t of the Con: States -


I am instructed by the Convention of the People of N. Carolina, ...now in Session in this City, to enclose you the accompanying Resolutions this day agreed to - and respectfully ask your early attention to the same.
Accept assurances of the high consideration,
with which I am
your obedient servant,
W.H. Edwards
President of the

Please acknowledge the receipt and inform that the Delegation presented the Resolutions and received a reply the substance of which has I suppose been delivered to the Convention by them. J.D.

Answ'd G.W.C. Lee

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People: Davis, Jefferson, 1808-1889
Edwards, Weldon N., 1788-1873
Lee, George Washington Custis, 1832-1913

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Civil WarConfederate General or LeaderSecessionMilitary History

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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