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My Dear Commodore : It is very important to take General Castro or to drive him out of the country. Until one or the other is done, I see no hope of restoring peace and good order to this territory.
I wish to send the Cyane with Captain Fremont's men to the southward, to head him off. and drive him back here.
Had you not better send me an order to take command at once, and make my own arrangements ?
It will facilitate operations, and relieve you from a great deal of trouble.
Faithfully your obedient servant,
(Signed) R. F. Stockton.
To Commodore J. D. Sloat, etc., etc., Flag-Ship Savannah.
- Robert F. Stockton
- Memoirs of My Life, by John Charles Fremont. 1887, Chicago, New York, Belford, Clarke & Company