1898 VARINA JEFFERSON DAVIS ALS ON THE DEATH OF HER DAUGHTER

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2 pp., in ink on mourning paper, to a committee consisting of Mrs. J. Pinckney Smith, Chairwoman; Mrs. Edgar Farrar; Mrs. S.R. Mallory; Miss Olivia Freret; and Mrs. Cora L. Richardson, Corresponding Secretary.   Excellent overall condition;  fold lines, minor wear at folds.  Written approximately a month after her daughter’s death.

“My dear Friends and neighbors / Sympathy is never so sweet as when it comes from home and your resolutions voiced by people who know my child in her noble gentle life are very precious to me.  You honored her while here and have, now that she has left us, ‘Called her worthy to be loved’ – I thank you with my whole heart for sending me the only comfort I can now feel in my desolation.  My daughter , Margaret, now Mrs. J. A. Hayes, is now with me for a short time and unites most affectionately and gratefully with me in rendering thanks for appreciation of her beloved ‘Little Sister’ – Faithfully yours, Varina Jefferson Davis.

Varina Annie “Winnie” Davis (June 27, 1864 – September 18, 1898) became known as “Daughter of the Confederacy” for her appearances with her father on behalf of Confederate veterans’ groups. She was born one year before the end of the Civil War, in the White House of the Confederacy in Richmond.  On a visit in Atlanta, GA in 1886, Governor John Brown Gordon anointed her as “The Daughter of the Confederacy”.  This title stuck, and Davis became an icon for Confederate veteran groups.  Together with her aging father, she made public appearances and gave speeches and gradually acted as his representative.

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