Autographed Letter Signed with the addition of a quote
1 page, 8.25 x 6 inches, removed from an 1851 Yale yearbook, the year he graduated. Written to a fellow classmate, staunch unionist and future judge Marcus Lyon, in part: "...Flattery, dear Lyon, has been repugnant to me, but let me assure you that I shall ever look back upon our friendship with the highest pleasure and only regret that I have not been more intimate with one whom as a man and a gentleman I have always admired...J. Walker Fearn, Huntsville, Ala 1832." Fine condition.
Confederate Diplomat and military officer known for his participation in several secret missions that ended in failure. In 1861, before the war broke out, Fearn was a member of a confederate commission "to induce the peaceful intervention of foreign powers." Fort Sumter dashed these hopes, and upon his return from Europe, he had to run the blockade under fire with his charge being "eleven hundred barrels of explosive." Soon safe in Richmond, he was appointed a Lt. col. on the staff of General Joseph E. Johnston, but this was soon set aside so he might accompany L.Q.C. Lamar to Russia as secretary. When the Czar refused to receive Lamar, Fearn returned to the U.S. and joined the staff of Gen. William Preston. He and Preston, however, were soon sent to Mexico on yet another failed diplomatic mission. Late in the war, he was again in the field, this time as an Aide-de-Camp to General Edmund Kirby-Smith. After the war he enjoyed several appointments in the United States Foreign Service, the last being Judge of the court of first instance on the International Tribunal in Cairo, Egypt.