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  • Letters, 1848-1880, to Thomas S. Bocock (1815-1891) of Appomattox County, Virginia, consisting of letters and circular letters concerning national politics, specifically the presidential elections of 1848 and 1880; the Compromise of 1850; the election of the clerk of the House of Representatives in 1851; the pay of pursers in the United States Navy; the appointment of a postmaster in Campbell County, Virginia; Hinton Rowan Helper's THE IMPENDING CRISIS OF THE SOUTH; Virginia politics, including the House of Delegates race in Buckingham County; the Richmond and Danville and the Virginia and Tennessee Railroads; the "Winthrop House" in Boston, Massachusetts; Commodore John Rodgers'naval expedition of exploration to the Arctic Ocean and to Asia; and hotel receipt from Brown's Marble Hotel
  • Consists of a) letter, 13 March 1848, from H. F. Bocock (1817-1894) of Appomattox County to Thomas S. Bocock in the United States House of Representatives concerning Appomattox County Court, local politics, the United States Senate and the treaty to end the Mexican War, and the 1848 presidential election; b) circular letter, 1 November 1848, from Thompson Tyler of Boston, Massachusetts, announcing that he will be operating the "Winthrop House" in Boston; c) circular letter, December 1848, from J. L. Edwards of the Pension Office regarding the submission of claims and fake claims; d) letter, 29 March 1850, from Edmund W. Hubard (1806-1878) of Buckingham County, Virginia, regarding the local race for the Virginia House of Delegates in Buckingham County, national politics, and the Compromise of 1850; e) circular letter, 31 May 1851, from John W. Forney (1817-1881) of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, concerning his defeat for clerk of the House of Representatives during the 31st Congress and his campaign for clerk of the House in the 32nd Congress, contains a brief note from Forney on the back; f) letter, 3 April 1852, from Henry Hazlewood (d. 1858) of Campbell County, Virginia, stating he had received the land warrants, and concerning money he owes Bocock and upcoming elections; g) letter, 19 August 1852, from the Pennsylvania Democratic Party inviting Bocock to their mass meeting scheduled for Reading, Pennsylvania, on 4 September 1852; and h) letter, 19 June 1854, from H. V. Grando of Richmond, Virginia, recommending R. A. Barksdale to be a route agent for the Richmond and Danville Railroad
  • Also contains: i) letter, 1 February 1855, from William T. Yancey of Lynchburg, Virginia, asking when the subject of repayment for iron duties to railroads may come before Congress, believes it will aid the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad; j) letter, 14 February 1855, from Thomas B. Nalle, purser in the United States Navy regarding pursers' pay; k) letter, 27 December 1855, from first assistant postmaster Horatio King (1811-1897) concerning the appointment of John L. Horner as a postmaster in Campbell County, Virginia, to succeed Robert O. Doss (d. 1865); l) receipt, 3 February 1859, from Browns' Marble Hotel in Washington D.C.; m) letter, 20 February 1860, from Samuel C. Roberts of New York, New York, asking for a copy of the 1850 census to answer what he believes are errors in Hinton Rowan Helper's (1829-1909) THE IMPENDING CRISIS OF THE SOUTH about the agriculture and manufacturing of the United States and about the circulations of the New York HERALD and the New York TRIBUNE; n) letter, 12 October 1880, from J. Singleton Diggs (1852-1927) of Lynchburg, Virginia, informing Bocock that he is expected at the Campbell County, Virginia, Court House to address a political meeting; and o) circular letter, n.d., from Commodore John Rodgers (1812-1882) concerning the exploration and travel to the Artic and to Asia by five naval vessels under his command
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Thomas S. Bocock was born 18 May 1815 in Buckingham County, Virginia. He graduated from Hampden-Sydney College with honors in 1838 and was admitted to the bar in 1840. Bocock represented Buckingham County in the House of Delegates from 1842 to 1844 and was instrumental in the creation of Appomattox County in 1845. Elected to the United States Congress in 1847, he remained until Virginia seceded in 1861, then served in the Confederate Congress from 1861 to 1865. Although active in postwar Virginia politics, Bocock only held office once more, when elected to represent Appomattox County in the House of Delegates from 1877 to 1879. He married Sarah Patrick Flood (1828-1850) 2 September 1846 and married Annie Holmes Faulkner (1834-1915), daughter of Charles James Faulkner (1806-1884), 4 October 1853. Bocock died in Appomattox County 5 August 1891.
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