26 MISSOURI HISTORICAL REVIEW
LETTERS FROM ALEXANDER W. DONIPHAN
Edited by william b. mcgroarty
The letters here reproduced were copied from the originals
in possession of Miss Emma Doniphan of Washington, D. C,
to whom they were addressed.
A. W. Doniphan, Pres. H. C. Garner, Cashr.
THE RAY COUNTY SAVINGS BANK
S. E. Cor. College and Main Sts.
Richmond, Mo., May 3d 1876.
My dear Cousin Emma:
Your letter of the 30th ultimo, also one from my distinguished and excellent friend Genl. Cockrell of the Senate—
by the way the Genl. is polite as well as chivalrous—he knows
how to compliment one delicately, he says you are not only
very pleasant and intelligent, but very handsome and that
you bear a strong family likeness—which of course he intended
for my comfort—not realizing the fact that whatever estimate I might in early life have placed on good looks—that
such a compliment could only be a matter of amusement to
me now. But I am delighted that the Genl. deems you handsome—he is a good critic—in such matters of taste and he is
candid. I love my relations anyhow, love them for their
blood, but I admit I have the weakness to be more gratified
when they are handsome—ladies, I mean; I love the grand
and beautiful in nature, mountains, valleys, lakes, and water
falls—the grand old Niagara—but I almost worship the deep
blue sea—old ocean—. It was my joy to sit at the Cliff-
house and gaze upon the Pacific and see the huge waves that
may have once lashed the shores of Japan or China, and let
my fancy roam away to the millions of old Asia where the
human race was planted—you will naturally laugh at that—
what a digression to make from the contemplation of female
beauty when I might have said curtly and without waste of
words—how incomparably more beautiful and lovely was an