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    Ulysses S. Grant Autograph Letter Signed "U.S. Grant." Three pages of a bifolium, 7.75" x 9.75", Washington, D.C.; December 29, 1871. Addressed to Edwards Pierrepont and written on Executive Mansion letterhead. In part:

    "I am just in receipt of your letter of yesterday enclosing a slip from the New York World containing an infamous falsehood and slander directly against you, and indirectly against me. In the first place 'leading republicans were not busy at the White House explaining something about Pierrepont's record as one of the law offices of the War Dept. during the war.' You did not make me a present of $20,000. You know whether you paid any sum that you may have submitted for election purposes or not. I do not doubt but you did. People were not busy disparaging you to me when it was supposed that Govr. Fish was determined to leave the Cabinet, nor would I have permitted them to do so. The fact is I was very anxious to have Govr. Fish remain in the Cabinet, and urged him to do so. I like him very much personally, and in view of important unfinished business commenced under his administration of the State Dept. I thought, and still think, the country will feel easier if he remains there until all such business is closed.

    It is due to you that I should state that under the supposition that Govr. Fish would not remain longer in the Cabinet I did talk to the other members about his succession, and all of them concurred with me that you were the person to take his place. Had the opening then occurred I should have asked your consent to become a member of my official family. This part I state to you confidentially. All my letter except that relation to past intentions, in case of vacancy in my Cabinet, I do not state confidentially.

    Very Truly Yours,
    U.S. Grant."

    Pierrepont was serving as United States Attorney at the time he received this letter. He had been a strong supporter of Grant's during his presidential election, and was appointed U.S. Attorney in 1869. In 1871, the year this letter is written, Pierrepont had been instrumental in shutting down Boss Tweed's circle of corruption in New York's Tammany Hall. It is likely the attack made on his reputation was in response to his work as a reformer. Hamilton Fish served as President Grant's Secretary of State for all eight years of his administration, and is considered to be one of the most illustrious of all U.S. Secretaries of State. Pierrepont was eventually appointed Attorney General in 1875, and served for one year in that role.

    Condition: Usual mail folds, minor toning at edges and folds on verso. Overall very good.

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