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    Julia Grant Autograph Letter Signed "Mrs U S Grant." Two pages of a bifolium, opened to an overall size of 10.5" x 8", Burlington, New Jersey, April 23, [1865]. Addressed to a major in the Union Army, Mrs. Grant, writing less than ten days after the murder of the president, expresses anxiety for her husband's safety, in part as written:

    "I see by this evenings papers that Genl Grant has gone to take command of Shermans Army. I suppose I will get letters from Genl G tomorrow, but I feel so anxious to know all about the Genls departure. Who went with him? I fear his staff is all absent. Please send to General G by first messenger any of my letters to the Genl . . . Please write me fully. I am terribly disappointed he is not getting home. Where is Rawlins, Babcock & Bowers? I hope they are all with him. don't neglect to write by return mail & much oblige."

    As it turns out, the rumor Mrs. Grant read in the papers regarding Gen. Grant's move south to assume command of Gen. Sherman's army were untrue. John A. Rawlins, Orville E. Babcock, and Theodore Bowers, whom she mentions in the letter, were all members of Grant's staff.

    Condition: Smoothed folds, small spot of staining along the upper edge near the main vertical fold, else fine.


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