To Isham G. Harris
18 Upper Gloucester Place.
Dorset Square – June 22nd. 1869.
My Dear Sir,
Your letter of the 27th. ult. after being twice forwarded
reached me at this place to day. I am deeply sensible of your kindness,
and sincerely thank you for your well directed effort to serve me. You
are right in the supposition of the entire loss of my property. Several
offers have been made to me of positions in the South which were very
acceptable, but which I have had to decline because from their nature
there was cause to fear that the persistent hostility of our enemy would
be brought to bear disadvantageously upon the interests confided to me.
The proposition which you make
especially if the office be established in Baltimore seems to me to be
free from that objection and to me personally would be very agreeable –
You can therefore inform your friends whose kind consideration has
enabled you to make the offer that I will be ready to accept it – Though
they and you are no doubt aware that I have had no previous training in
such busness as that to which it is proposed to call me –
I had expected to have returned to our country this Spring, and
should have done so but for ill health in my family, and subsequently
the state of my own health warned me not to return in midsummer to the
immediate section which was once my home.
I have often thought of you and followed your course with that
interest which belongs to the warm regard which your official and
personal conduct created – Beleive me very truly Your friend
From The Papers of Jefferson Davis, Volume 12, pp 361-62. Transcribed from the original, Forbes Magazine Collection.