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    Ulysses S. Grant Autograph Letter Signed "U. S. Grant." Two integral pages, 10.75" x 9", on Executive Mansion letterhead, Washington, January 8, 1877. Writing to Gen. William T. Sherman, President Grant discusses the possible retirement of one of his old teachers at the United States Military Academy, Col. Henry L. Kendrick, professor of chemistry, mineralogy, and geology, in part: "I wish you would write a private not to Porf. Kendrick saying that I have been informed that he [Kendrick] would like to retire. If this is so . . . I will retire him and appoint his successor. But there is no argument that could induce me to retire Prof. Kendrick against his his [sic] will. . . . My desire in this matter is to accommodate my old teacher in whatever he may wish I the matter." Mounting remnants on the verso of page. Scattered spots of foxing and light staining.

    According to The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant, Kendrick responded to Sherman's note by saying, "Your note of yesterday has just now come to hand . . . I have no desire to retire. You do not know how much I feel obliged to you for your very kind note, & for the good opinion you express of my usefulness here; & I beg that you will take an occasion to convey to the President my grateful appreciation of his friendly & most valued remembrance of me." (Papers of Ulysses S. Grant, p. 113) Col. Henry L. Kendrick (1811-1891) served over forty-five years in the U.S. Army. Himself a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, he spent most of his career as a professor at that school, except for a stint in the field during the Mexican War, where he took part in the Siege of Vera Cruz and the Battle of Cerro Gordo, and frontier duty in New Mexico against the native Indians. He returned to the U.S.M.A. in 1857 and remained at that place until his retirement in December 1880.

    Reference: Ulysses Simpson Grant. The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant. Volume 28. Ulysses S. Grant Association, 2005.

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