New Orleans, Nov. 17t, 1869.
JEFFERSON DAVIS has returned to this country in search of employment to
support himself and family. Deprived, since the war, of the opportunity to save anything
from the wreck of his former fortune or to build up a new one, advanced in life, with a
family to maintain, and without professional training...his case appeals largely to our
Mr. Davis was, for many years, a successful Cotton planter; and we desire to
place him again in a position where his experience as a planter can avail him.
To accomplish this object without the publicity attendant on meetings and
newspaper articles, we invite the co-operation or prominent gentlemen, like yourself, at
the different centres of Southern population.
Any moneys obtained by our efforts for this Davis Fund will be placed in the
hands of PAYNE, HUNTINGTON & CO., of this city... long the personal friends and
business agents of Mr. Davis...to be used in the purchase of an estate, where Mr. Davis
can reside and support his family in moderate comfort.
We hope to have this fund at the furthest by 1st, January, 1870.
A. R. Rother,
Thos. H. Hunt,
Chas. M. Conrad,
Our idea is to place him above want, that the balance of his life may be devoted to a
vindication of our cause.
Transcribed by Christopher A. Baker, University of Florida, 2008.