Excellent historical content is evident in this well-preserved 3/7/1887 handwritten letter. Addressed to “Col. Owen” (Commander William M. Owen of the famous Washington Artillery Company of the Army of Northern Virginia), this antique correspondence details a portrait of Jefferson Davis (d.1889) painted at his home in Beauvoir, MS. by artist “Maj. John A. Elder” (Johns Adams Elder known as “Fredrickburg’s Artist of the Civil War”). Davis recalls to Owen that Elder was “on the staff of Genl. Dearing” (CSA Brigadier General James Dearing, unofficially reported as the last Confederate officer to die of battle wounds in the Civil War). Penned entirely in Davis’ hand on a sheet of 10x8 lined paper folded to 5x8, this museum quality document presents handsomely with fully legible cursive writing on a crisp sheet showing minimal wear with deference to unobtrusive original compacting folds. Davis’ stately signature shows highly desirable (“8-9”) potency. Embossed above the salutation is a Fleur De Lis Crown emblem. Full photo LOA from JSA. Complete letter contents on our website.
Artist J.A. Elder created many other famous paintings, including subjects such as Robert E. Lee, Jubal Early and Appomattox.
The letter’s full content is as follows:
Address/Date: “Beauvoir Missi, 7th March 1887”
Salutation: “Dear Col. Owen,”
Body: “Permit me to present to you Maj. John A. Elder, who you may remember as on the staff of Genl. Dearing. In these ripening times of peace he has resumed his profession of Artist and is sent from Richmond to Beauvoir to paint my portrait. He has just finished it and goes to your city to put it on exhibition. For any attention you may render to him I would be personally obliged.”
Signature: “Respectfully and truly yours, Jefferson Davis”