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JEFFERSON DAVISImportant partly-printed war-date D.S. "Jefferson Davis" on Department of State letterhead (which has been hand-altered to read "Executive Office"), Richmond, Jan. 30, 1865, an order to the Secretary of the Treasury George Trenholm to "cause a warrant" for the sum of $1,500 in gold for "Necessities and exigencies under laws already passed or which may be passed &c. &c." to be issued to Secretary of State Judah P. Benjamin and "charged to him on the books of the Treasury...". Two chips at top margin, with some toned spots at top and bottom, folds and wrinkles yet still overall quite good. This is a large sum of money, especially in gold, to be considered "pocket expenses". It is entirely possible these funds were used to pay overseas debts, spies, etc.
Estimate $ 2,500-3,500

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