• Confederate Treasury Secretary Memminger Refused Bed Clothing For Fear Of Infection

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    Christopher Memminger (January 9, 1803 – March 7, 1888) was a German-born politician and one of the founding fathers of the Confederate States. He was the principal author of the Provisional Constitution (1861), as well as the founder of the nation’s financial system. As the first Confederate States Secretary of the Treasury, Memminger was the main author of the economic policies of the Jefferson Davis Administration.

     

    One-page, 7 ½ x 9 ¾ letter signed by Memminger as Secretary of the Treasury to Collector Alonzo B. Noyes, declining to approve his suggestion of transferring extra blankets and clothing from the hospital in St. Marks, FL, for fear of contamination.  Written on Confederate States of America Treasury Department stationary, Richmond, September 20,1861, Memminger writes, “Your communication of the 12th inst., suggesting that there were blankets and other bed clothing which might be spared from the hospital at your port for the sick in Virginia, has been received. From fear of possible infection, it is thought best not to use these articles...”

     

    Mounting remnants along the right edge verso. Horizontal folds.

     

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