May 04, 2017 - Sale 2446

Sale 2446 - Lot 75

Price Realized: $ 2,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 3,000 - $ 4,000
MS RELATING TO HIS PUBLISHED DIARY WELLES, GIDEON. Autograph Manuscript, unsigned, with holograph corrections throughout, possibly an early draft of the preface to his Diary of Gideon Welles or the draft of an article promoting it. 15 1/2 pages, 4to, ruled paper, bound together along left edge with paper strip; faint soiling at outer edges. (MRS) Np, nd

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"To an extent I am treading on delicate ground in these communications in bringing out facts essential to a correct understanding of the circumstances and events of the period and to the truth of history. Mr. Seward and his friends have been greatly disappointed in the results of the [1860] convention at Chicago, but feels the necessity of rallying at once from the shock and getting control of the new administration. . . .
"Mr. Baldwin said he left Washington with an impression, amounting almost to conviction, that the Union majority in . . . Virginia would be unable to effect a settlement of the differences pending and soon after, with most of his associates, went into rebellion."