Confederate President Jefferson Davis Distinguishes Between Promises and Intents
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“There is a wide difference between the expression of an intent, and a promise, and neither is free from the condition of practicability.” JEFFERSON DAVIS.
Autograph Letter Signed as President of the Confederate States of America, to “Madam.” February 16, 1863. 2 pp., 5 x 8 in.
“Madam, The letter you sent to me this morning substitutes assumption of wrong for inquiry and reviling and curses for fair not to say charitable construction. It is due to myself hoping that you are mistaken as well as excited to say to you that there is a wide difference between the expression of an intent, and a promise; and neither is free from the condition of practicability. I had an intention which I may have expressed to you, but it did not extend to the grade of General. Having no purpose to explain that of which you did not choose to inquire, and no expectation that such predisposition to  censure and malign would be benefitted by explanation is only remained for me to subscribe myself with true sympathy for your domestic affliction, very respectfully, Jeffer Davis”
Jefferson Davis (1808-1889) was an American politician who served as President of the Confederate States of America for its entire history from 1861 to 1865 during the American Civil War. During his presidency, Davis was never able to find a strategy that could defeat the larger, more industrially developed Union. Davis’s insistence on independence even in the face of crushing defeat prolonged the war.
Fine, has separations in folds, some foxing.