[Montgomery, Alabama: 1861]. Autograph Letter in the hand of Alex. B. Clitherall, Assistant, and signed "J.J. Harper, Secretary per Alex B. Clitherall Asst." Letter written by Clitherall, an Alabama lawyer who, among other duties, was assistant to Burton Harrison, Jefferson Davis's private secretary, in ink on recto of first leaf. Docketed in the probable hand of Harrison, as per title on separate leaf. Laid down. Very Good.
"The Congress being in Executive Session Mr. Rhett from the Committee on Foreign Affairs, made the following report:
'The Committee on Foreign Affairs, to whom was referred the nominations by the President, of W. L. Yancey, P.A. Rost, and A. Dudley Mann as Commissioners to the European Powers, respectfully report, that they have had the same under consideration, and recommend that the Congress do advise and consent to the nominations of W.L. Yancey, and P.A. Rost,'
"Which report was unanimously carried.
"So the Congress does advise and consent that William L. Yancey of Alabama, and P.A. Rost of Louisiana, be commissioners to the European Powers, under the resolution of Congress of February 13th 1861.
"I certify the above abstract to be correct.
"J.J. Harper Secretary per Alex B. Clitherall Asst."
Davis had sent a Message to Congress on February 26, 1861, recommending the appointment of Yancey of Alabama, Rost of Louisiana, and Mann, the apparently hapless Virginian. However, Mann would become Commissioner of the Confederate States of America for Belgium and the Vatican. Yancey and Rost would be replaced by Mason and Slidell, whose capture on a mission to Europe nearly started a war between the United States and England. Item #33344