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    [Ulysses S. Grant]. William T. Sherman Autograph Letter Signed. Three pages, 5" x 8". "5th Avenue Hotel, New York, Dec 27, 1884." A letter addressed to Alfred regarding the financial affairs of Ulysses S. Grant. In full: "I am just back from Grant's, and find your letter of 1.10 PM - I had waited until 1. PM before starting up - I cannot go to Fish's for want of time, but I will see Dixie & Childs on Monday and explain to them the exact state of facts. I see no chance of raising the $100,000 not, and infer the case must take its legal course. You have done all & more that I asked and will limit my action to a mere display of a real desire to befriend the General. He has his Lawyer Seward and son Fred to watch his interests and they must do what the case admits of. Fred says that the sale of the chattel valued at $23,000 is deferred to Jan 3, 1885 - and that the lands & property mortgaged to Vanderbilt can be sold within six months for $50,000, so that there is a clear over plus of $70,000 to any one who would take Vanderbilt's offer but I take it no body wants to mix up in the matter. So keep out, I will also - and let others manage this unpleasant business - Grant is busy on his proposed Book which he thinks he can finish by May next - Love to all / affectionately W.T. Sherman."

    At the end of his life, former president and Union general Ulysses Grant found himself in desperate financial straits. Anxious to ensure he could leave his family well provided for, he dedicated the last months of his life to completing his memoirs. He completed his book on July 19, 1885 and died four days later. Sherman's letter demonstrates the very public manner in which Grants circumstances unfolded.

    Condition: With the usual mail folds, and light toning. Tiny separation at top and bottom of integral fold.


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