Cover

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Title, Copyright

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pp. i-iv

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Introduction

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pp. v-x

...day after his friend Franklin Pierce took the oath of office as the fourteenth president of the United States. A delayed train had prevented Davis from keeping his promise to attend the inauguration. More important to both men, Davis remained the one cabinet officer the president wanted in his administration who had yet to give assent...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xi-xiv

...preparation of this volume, like the four that preceded it, was very much a cooperative effort. The editorial staff is indebted to all those whose enthusiastic support and assistance turned a formidable task into a joyful challenge. Both the board of directors and the advisory editors have dedicated a great deal of time and thought...

Editorial Staff

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pp. xv-xviii

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Editorial Method

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pp. xix-xxiv

...Items composed by Davis are given preference for publication with annotation, particularly those documents that illuminate his character, opinions, philosophy, and personal relationships. Special consideration is given to letters, speeches, and documents not previously printed...

Symbols and Abbreviations

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pp. xxv-xxviii

Repository Symbols

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pp. xxix-xxx

CONTENTS

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pp. xxxi-xxxiv

ILLUSTRATIONS

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pp. xxv-xxvi

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Chronology, 1853–1855

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pp. xxxvii-xlii

...Brackets indicate dates and activities that follow logically from information in primary...

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The Papers of Jefferson Davis

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pp. 1-150

...If it be true as is generally believed here, that you have been selected by Genl Pierce as a member of his Cabinet you have probably been notified of it in some form more authoratative than I can give it, All that I know is that the generally received opinion...

APPENDIX I: Calendar, 1853–1855

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pp. 151-474

APPENDIX II: Addenda, 1838–1852

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pp. 475-482

Sources

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pp. 483-502

Index

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pp. 503-557