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1864 AUSTRIAN GOVERNMENT PETITION TO THE CONFEDERATE GOVERNMENT Tobacco Tax

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1864 AUSTRIAN GOVERNMENT PETITION TO THE CONFEDERATE GOVERNMENT

De Voss, Edward William

AUSTRIAN GOVERNMENT PETITION TO THE CONFEDERATE GOVERNMENT. 4 Pieces.

      Unpublished, Richmond 1864 - Manuscript Document - AUTOGRAPHED DOCUMENT SIGNED + 3 AUTOGRAPHED LETTERS SIGNED - FOUR PIECES. EDWARD WILLIAM de VOSS, AUSTRIAN CONSUL. The Austrian Government owns 612 hogsheads of tobacco valued at $252,331.00. The 8% tax due is $20,186.48 (February 2, 1864).

AUTOGRAPHED DOCUMENT SIGNED. De Voss, Edward William, Austrian Counsul. "We the undersigned Agents for the Austrian Government, have heretofore rendered to the assessor of the Confederate States Government, thru several Lists of Tobacco held by us as the Agents of the said Austrian Government, and in the aggregate, the number of Six hundred and twelve (612) hogsheads which are assessed in the aggregate at the value of Two hundred and fifty two thousand, three hundred and thirty one dollars.-($252,331.) and which are taxed at the rate of eight per cent, amounting to Twenty thousand, one hundred and eighty six dollars and forty eight cents - $20,186.48 cts. We the undersigned as Agents of the said Austrian Government, pay the said sum of $20,186.48 cents to the collector of the said Government of the Confederate States, Solemnly protesting against the payment of the said tax, and hereby for and on behalf of our principal the said Austrian Government, expressly reserve to them all claims and demands, legal, equitable or political, which they may or can as any terms have to repayment or restitution from the said Government of the Confederate States of America of the said tax so paid by us. Given under our hands this second day of February in the year 1864. Edwd. Wm. de Voss, Co" With Notary statement, embossed seal and signature of R.R. Howison, Richmond. 13 x 8-3/8 inches (32.9 x 21.3 cm). Written in ink on Light Blue or Gray Paper.

WITH: AUTOGRAPHED LETTER SIGNED #1. ALS. DeVoss, Edward William, Austrian Counsul. February 20, 1864. Richmond. To: William Green Esq., Collector of Treasury (CSA). 3 pages. 10-3/4 x 8-3/8 inches. Written in ink. Light Blue Paper. IN PART: "to pay our taxes upon Produce to the Government of the Confederate States . . . list of 56 hhds of tobacco stored near Ric(hmond) depot in Prince Edward County . . . . changed by the assessor . . . (value & condition of the stored tobacco discussed). Tobacco stored in Richmond, Petersburg, Dinwiddie County, Buckingham County and Nelson County . . . We are satisfied that any dealer or Tobacco shipper will readily testify to any statement."

WITH: AUTOGRAPHED LETTER SIGNED #2. ALS. DeVoss, Edward William, Austrian Counsul. March 8, 1864. Richmond. To: William Green Esq., Collector of Treasury (CSA). 4 pages. 10-3/4 x 8-3/8 inches. Written in ink. Light Blue Paper. IN PART: ". . .Tobacco stored in barns on plantations near Ric(hmond) depot under the care of Mr. W. E. Bradshaw - . . . 21 hhds at Mayo's Whouse; 10 hhds at Shockoe Whouse; 13 hhds at Seabrooks Whouse; 4 hhds at Tubler Whouse . . 56 hhds in all . 49 hhds are Lugs and 7 hhds Common Leaf . . . (value of each type of tobacco discussed) . . . Tobacco does not improve by keeping . . . " WITH manuscript reply written and signed by Mr. E. Bradley, assessor & signed by Wm. Green (Collector of Treasury CSA). IN PART: ". . . The Tobacco having been in Prince Edward County before the Tax Act . .allowance should be made for the expense of bringing it again to Richmond."

WITH manuscript notation as to letter copies mailed signed by R. M. Allen, March 10, 1864.

WITH: AUTOGRAPHED LETTER SIGNED #3. ALS. Bradley, Wm. Assessor, 16 District. Prospect Depot, March 14th 1864. To: Hon. W. Green, Collector, Richmond. 2 pages. 8-1/4 x 5-1/4 inches. Written in ink,  concerning the valuation of tobacco belonging to De Voss & Co. stored by W. E. Bradshaw. - - - - - - - - .

 Historical Association Notes:

Austrian Rudolph Baron de Wardener had befriended Percy Wyndham during the Franco-Austrian War and subsequently renewed his acquaintance during the American Civil War. In March 1863 while Rudolph was visiting The Moore House in Fairfax Court House, Virginia Confederate Partisan Ranger, Col. John Singleton Mosby and his Rangers wishing to capture Colonel Percy Wyndham captured U.S. General Stoughton, thirty-three soldiers and their horses and Rudolph Baron de Wardener and they were all interned to Libby Prison in Richmond, Virginia. When President Abraham Lincoln learned of General Stoughton's capture he said, "I do not mind the loss of the Brigadier, as I can make another one in five minutes, but the horses cost $125 a piece." Rudolph protested his incarceration incessantly and after contacting the Austrian Consul, Edward William de Voss he was persuaded to sign a Parole and he was freed from Libby Prison. Later in life the Baron de Wardener married the heir of the Maxwell Coffee fortune and he was employed as an agent for Domino Sugar. - - - Extracted from The Fare Facs Gazette. The Newsletter of Historic Fairfax City, Inc. Vol 4, Issue 3. Summer 2006.

 


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