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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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ff of the county, reciting, in turgid style, his fitness for the work. It was signed Many Voters. Lexington was a village then, and this audacious suggestion set the whole town agog. The advertisement had been enclosed to the paper with the money for its publication, and nothing more. Many guesses were made. The young person whose name had been suggested remarked, with an air of superior dignity, that he knew some persons had thought of him for an important office. Mr. Ficklin looked at Jeff, whose crimson face and jerking muscles showed him laboring to suppress something, and called him out of the room, when, amid peals of laughter, the joke was divulged. Jeff confessed that he had sent the card to the paper. He was always fond of a joke, and very full of gay suggestions until the fall of the Confederacy; but never afterward. In 1852 we were in Lexington. Mr. and Mrs. Ficklin gave us an evening entertainment, and many pleasant people were invited to meet us. I saw Mr. Dav