England [London or Liverpool]: John Fraser & Co., 1 January 1868. First Edition. Parchment paper. Description: 1 January 1868, 6 % Bond for US-$ 40.27, Series 4, #B1460, 35.2 x 21.2 cm, black, white, browned, signed by Theodore D. Wagner and William Trenholm; signed on back by William Trenholm & Jos. Wileman. Issued by John Fraser & Co., the overseas and mainly English banking branch of George Trenholm's financial empire. Fine. Item #255
Scarce signature and bond.
George Trenholm was a prominent Confederate States of America financier with major interests in blockade-running. As the Confederacy collapsed, he was called upon to become Treasurer in the government of Jefferson Davis between 18 July 1864 and 27 April 1865. His son William was one of his most important surrogates and signed for his extremely busy and often ill father.
Most blockade runners of the American Civil War were seagoing steam ships that were used to make their way through the Union blockade that extended some 3,500 miles along the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coastlines and the lower Mississippi River. By 1860, the company Fraser, Trenholm & Company had five seagoing vessels, making shipping runs from Liverpool to New York and Charleston and back again.
It has been argued that wealthy blockade-runner George Trenholm provided a good deal of the blockade-running background for Margaret Mitchell's famous novel, Gone With the Wind. See the episode in which Rhett Butler is kept prisoner in the stable of a Fire Engine House, when his Union captors--and soon Scarlett O'Hara--hope to win some of Captain Butler's wealth (which he has secreted in Liverpool).
In EXCEPTIONAL CONDITION--unfolded--with minimal age-toning and very clear signatures!
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