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CHARLES J. FAULKNER SR. - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 11/10/1856 - HFSID 34421

Charles J. Faulkner wrote this letter of introduction from Martinsville, Virginia (now West Virginia) in 1856 for his son E. Boyd Faulkner at his new school. Faulkner was U. S. Minister to France before being arrested for negotiating arms sales for the Confederacy while in Paris.

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CHARLES J. FAULKNER
Charles J. Faulkner wrote this letter of introduction from Martinsville, Virginia (now West Virginia) in 1856 for his son E. Boyd Faulkner at his new school. Faulkner was U. S. Minister to France before being arrested for negotiating arms sales for the Confederacy while in Paris.
Autograph letter signed "Ch Jas Faulkner". 1 page, 7½x9½, docketed on verso. Boydsville near Martinsburg, West Virginia, Nov. 10, 1856. Addressed to Reverend W. McGuire. In full: "Dear Sir. My son E. Boyd Faulkner leaves home today to enter himself as a scholar at the High School. We should have sent him earlier but for the absence from home of Mrs F and myself. Boyd has been for the last two years at the preparatory school near Hartsville in Penn Sylvania [sic] under the charge of Charles & [illegible] Long. The death of Charles Long, during the late term, he being the principal ornament &[illegible] of the school has induced me to take him from that place. He brings high [illegible] from that school. Hoping that his marks make be properly presumed and his mind judiciously directed [illegible] your charge I am very truly Yours" Virginian Faulkner (1806-1884) served as U. S. Minister to France (1859-1861). He returned to the United States in August of 1861 and was detained as a prisoner of state on charges of negotiating arms sales for the Confederacy while in Paris. He was released in December of 1861 and negotiated his own exchange for Alfred Ely, a Congressman from New York who had been taken prisoner by the Confederates at Bull Run. During the Civil War he was assistant adjutant general on the staff of Gen. Stonewall Jackson. Faulkner was also a Democratic U. S. Representative from Virginia's 10th Congressional District (1851-1853) and 8th Congressional District (1853-1859) and fromWest Virginia (1875-1877) as well as a member of the Virginia house of delegates (1829-1834 and 1848-1849) and state senate (1838-1842). Lightly toned, foxed and creased. Address, but not signature or body of letter, is lightly smeared in places but legible. Adhesive stains at left edge. ½x¼ hole near bottom left corner and tape repair touches body of letter but not signature. Show-through from mounting remnants on verso touch body of letter and docket but not signature. Pinhead-sized stains in top left corner. Folded twice vertically and five times horizontally. Otherwise in fine condition.

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