A March 3, 1857 letter of appreciation written by the cabinet of President Franklin Pierce Cabinet (including Jefferson Davis) reading in part, "and with the fullest opportunities of appreciation, know well, how conscientiously you have discharged the high trust devolved upon you, and we confidently believe that, as time rolls on, the voice of impartial history will ratify our attestation of the integrity and patriotism of your exercise of the executive power of the United States." Signed by all seven members of President Pierces' cabinet including, W. L. Marcy, James Guthrie, Jefferson Davis, J. C. Dobbin, R. McClelland, James Campbell and C. Cushing. Additionally signed President Pierce. Provenance: Descended through the family of Thomas E. Major. Colonel Major was the personal secretary to Benjamin F. Butler while he served as Governor of the State of Massachusetts. Condition: Letter with folds, some slight spotting and toning. Some water spotting to first page.
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