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Letcher, John (1813-1884) to Jefferson Davis

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC08241 Author/Creator: Letcher, John (1813-1884) Place Written: Richmond, Virginia Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 08 June 1861 Pagination:

Written as Governor of Virginia to Jefferson Davis to send him details on the guages and capacity of the Danville Rail Road and other Virginia lines.

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