FROM COMMODORE JESSE DUNCAN ELLIOTT
City Hotel, New York, Jany. 9, 1845
My Dear Sir
I had hoped the pleasure of a sight of your pretty face at the Tammany Hall last night, a more dense and crowded hall I have never seen.
My hand has been so much embraced and my arm almost drawn from the socket that you will not have a very ledgible letter. The Medal has taken well is in possession of the President of the U. S. the heads of departments, Expresidents of the U. S. or widow if no widow eldest child John Q. Adams claimed two and asked me to allow him to hand one to a nephew and suggested father that I send one to each of the Philosophical societies of the U. States numbering 12, I wrote him a note enclosing the medal for his nephew remarking that you would estimate the compliment more could you know that the presentation came from the frank of the fathers of the House of Representatives and of the Senators of our country, they are now on the way one to each of our Embassadors abroad and to the Ministers representing foreign courts at Washington, to the Gov" of our states of birth and adoption to Co1 Polk, Mr. Dallas, Shubrick, Warrington, Strangham, McNeal and a host of others, when all is done Geo. M. Dallas, cheif justice Gibson and some other distinguished person will witness the breaking of the die and their certificate of the fact will be sent you. Thus my dear Cooper I shall have discharged a debt of gratitude and set an example of a proper reward for the labor and trials of the Historian. You were very much wished for here and I regret you did not come down, I am at Philadelphia as you will have seen and will be glad to take you by the hand there.
Very truly yours
J D Elliott
I have not seen that scoundrel Mackenzies book, where is it and in what form did it come?
The medal referred to bears on the obverse a profile of Cooper and around it the legend "The Personification of Honor, Truth, and Justice"; and on the reverse an oak wreath and the inscription, "To J. Fenimore Cooper, The Offering of a Grateful Heart for His Disinterested Vindication of His Brother Sailor, Jesse D. Elliott."
From "The Correspondence of James Fenimore Cooper"
Yale University Press, 1922