Lot 372: ALS, three lightly-lined pages on two adjoining sheets, 4.5 x 7, November 25, 1876. Letter written onboard the S.S. Adriatic, while serving as president of the American office of the Mississippi Valley Society to W. Thompson Cordner. In part: "Our friend Mr. McAllum has I suppose informed you, by cablegram of my departure from Liverpool, and though I informed him that only in New Orleans, would it be possible to enter usefully on the discussion of the affairs of the M.V.S., he was desirous that I should see you in N.Y. Therefore though I hope you may come to the landing and that we may have an interview, lest it should be otherwise, I write to state that business engagements require me to be in Vicksburg by the 1st prox., and it being needful for me to be at least a day in Memphis en route to Vicksburg, it is not practicable for me to stop in N.Y. Please inform me where you will visit, as proposed by you, New Orleans, and you may confidently expect me to meet you there…My long detention in London was, as you have no doubt learned, without any satisfactory result as to the affairs of the Int. Nat. Cham. of Comm. & Missi. V. Soc. of London." In fine condition, with a few creases and wrinkles and writing lightly showing through from opposing sides. The Mississippi Valley Society refers to two companies, one British and one Southern, that was comprised of capitalists who hoped to induce foreign emigration and develop trade with the South. It was Davis's hope that, in time, the entities would emerge as partners for the sake of the South's commercial growth.
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