LETTER WRITTEN TO COMMODORE ROBERT F. STOCKTON - AMERICAN NAVAL HERO AND POLITICIAN

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Interesting 2 page letter, 9" x 11", folded and addressed to "Commodore R. Stockton". Overall good condition. Fold lines, a few small fold line tears, scattered ink smears. Signed by a mysterious "Texas Lady".

STOCKTON, Robert Field, (son of Richard Stockton [1764-1828], father of John Potter Stockton, grandson of Richard Stockton [1730-1781]), a Senator from New Jersey; born in Princeton, N.J., August 20, 1795; was privately tutored; attended the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University); entered the United States Navy in 1811, served in the War of 1812, the war with Algiers, and the Mexican War; was sent to the Pacific coast in 1845 and, in cooperation with the land forces, captured the Mexican capital of California and organized a civil government; attained the rank of commodore; returned home and resigned his commission in 1850; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1851, until his resignation on January 10, 1853; president of the Delaware & Raritan Canal 1853-1866; member of the peace convention of 1861 held in Washington, D.C., in an effort to devise means to prevent the impending war; retired from public life; died in Princeton, N.J., October 7, 1866; interment in Princeton Cemetery.

Text reads:

Dear Sir
Will you pardon the seeming importunity of a lady and a stranger, who in violation of the rules laid down for female observance, ventures to address you, a gentleman, unknown to her, save by the splendor of your genius, the renown of which long since reached our sunny land. Although the days of chivalry have long since passed, and the knight no longer, in pursuance of his vow cases himself in armor and places his lance and the rest, to rally out in defense of the beauty and virtue of the sovereign of his beauty and to brighten his fame by seeking deeds of glory and renown, altho' these days have long since passed yet may we believe that the spirit which activated them still ingers in the breast of many gentlemen of this present day, and certain I am that it never found a purer shrine than the heart of Commodore Stockton altho' my provenis, and that of my sex, is of the home and heart, yet from that quiet corner, may I not be permitted to send forth my wishes. May your fame be as bright and enduring as that of the country you honor by serving. May the arrows sent from the quiver of calumny, fall harmless upon the shield of your own virtues, and may your last end be like his who wraps his mantle around him and lies down to sleep
A Texas Lady

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