Nov 08, 2018 - Sale 2492

Sale 2492 - Lot 20

Price Realized: $ 552
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 800 - $ 1,200
INCLUDES ENDORSEMENT BY PRESIDENT JEFFERSON DAVIS (CIVIL WAR.) GEORGE WYTHE RANDOLPH. Autograph Note Signed, "G W Randolph / SeyofWr," to Jefferson Davis ("Respectfully returned to the Pres't"), with an Autograph Endorsement Signed by Jefferson Davis, as President. The note, suggesting a counterproposal of making Colonel [Douglas Hancock] Cooper Superintendent of Indian Affairs. The endorsement, written vertically at right edge recto: "Send message to Congress to withdraw nomination of Gen'l Cooper to be Sup't &c / J.D." 1 page, 8 1/4x3 1/2 inches, pale blue paper ruled paper; written over a vertical seam where two sheets were joined into one, moderate scattered soiling, remnants of prior mounting at upper corners verso. [Richmond], 23 September 1862

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"Will it not be better to act under the law cited by Col Cooper and . . . assign him to duty as Superintendent of Indian Affairs than to require him to elect between the posts of Brigadier & Superintendent. Will not his military rank give him consequence and power with the Indians which more than counter balance the inconvenience of having a General under the control of the Commissioner? I have submitted Col. Cooper's nomination as Superintendent but can withdraw . . . ."

From the Collection of William Wheeler III.