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Varina Davis, Jefferson Davis: Ex-President of the Confederate States of America, A Memoir by his Wife, Volume 1 2 0 Browse Search
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Chapter 39: Cabinet life. In the summer of 1853 I left New Orleans, under the care of Major T. P. Andrews of the army, to join Mr. Davis in Washington, with my baby, my little sister, Margaret Graham, and brother, Becket Kempe Howell; the two latter were going to school. We remained a day in Mobile, and the little ten-year old boy went to dinner alone. He had never been at a hotel before. The waiter laid down the wine card before him, of which the child ordered several bottles. He drank a teaspoonful of it and then told me in confidence: I suppose the people of the hotel give it, and some of them drink it. I tried, but I could not. He thought it was included in the ordinary charge for board. We departed shortly after the yellow fever had appeared in the city. General David Twiggs came to bid me goodby the day before I left, and told me that Colonel Bliss was quite ill with the disease; the day after I reached Washington, his death was announced. He was a handsome man, of