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SIR : I have the honour to inform you that the civil government of this territory is in successful operation, that Colonel Fremont is acting as governor and Colonel Russell as secretary, and that I am again on board of the Congress, preparing her for the coast of Mexico.
Lieutenant Gray, who is charged with my despatches, has been my aid-de camp, and has done his duty with great good conduct and gallantry.
He is the officer whom I sent to relieve General Kearney from his perilous condition after his defeat at San Pasqual, and deserves the consideration of the department.
He will be able to give you the particulars of that unfortunate and disastrous affair.
Faithfully, your obedient servant,
R. F. STOCKTON, Commodore, &c.
To the Hon. George Bancroft,
Secretary of the Navy, Washington, D. C.
- A sketch of the life of Com. Robert F. Stockton, 1856, Derby