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Description: Future Vice President of the Confederate States, Alexander Stephens (1812-1883) free franked this envelope in March of 1852 in Washington, D.C. while he was serving as a Member of the House of Representatives from Georgia. The envelope is addressed to Linton Stephens, his younger half-brother.

Stephens had a lengthy political career, first serving as a Member of the Georgia House of Representatives and the Georgia Senate. He went on to serve as a Member of the House of Representatives until the Civil War, when he became Vice President of the Confederate States (1861-1865) under Jefferson Davis. As the war went on, Stephens began to criticize and distance himself from Jefferson Davis and in 1865, met with Abraham Lincoln to discuss peace terms at the Hampton Roads Conference. After the war and his release from prison, he went back the House and then ultimately served as the 50th Governor of Georgia (1882-1883).

Inexplicably, written in another hand along the left margin are the inked words: “A H Stephens 25, March 1848” though the circular cancellation stamp is dated “Mar 52”. Envelope measures: 3 ¼” x 5 5/8”. Includes a steel engraved portrait of Stephens that measures: 5” x 3 ¾” on a 9” x 7 3/8” sheet of paper. Item #A01274

Condition: Envelope is lightly stained, worn at extremities, has a 1” tear at the top margin that touches the “d” in “Alexander”. Overall in good condition with a large, bold signature.