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    Ulysses S. Grant Autograph Letter Signed. Two pages, 5" x 5.75", New York City, March 14, 1881. In his declining years, Civil War leader and former President Ulysses S. Grant responded to a letter written by one Captain Miller, possibly United States Senator John Franklin Miller (a major general in the Civil War), who had been appointed to Congress just ten days before this letter was penned.

    Miller queries the former president about the possibility of his having given an endorsement for one gentleman, as well as the prospects of another becoming a district attorney. Grant writes, in full: "My dear Capt. Miller: I have your letter of the 12th inst. I am sure I do not know Mr. Wood. I have no recollection of giving him any endorsement for any position. I have received many letters from all parts of the country to give endorsements for people I do not know, or do not recollect, but have been very careful about giving letters. It is possible that J.D. White - whom I do know and esteem - may have written to me in behalf of Mr. Wood, and I may have endorsed, on his say, Mr. Wood. But I do not recollect such an occurrence and am inclined to think it will prove that I have given no such endorsement. I did write to Mr. Garfield about Col. Evans, and I spoke to President Garfield in person about him. Before going to Washington last week I made special note in my memorandum book of this matter and spoke from the book. Col. Evans is at liberty to use this letter in his behalf if it will help him, and I add that if I have in any manner [injured?] Mr. Wood I do not want it to prejudice the claim of the Col. for the office of Dist. Atty. Very Truly Yours, U.S. Grant."

    Most likely, the man Capt. Miller is asking about is Sterling Alexander Martin Wood, a former Confederate general who served as a lawyer, politician, and university professor after the war. Grant also mentions "Col. Evans," who was seeking an appointment as a district attorney at the time. We believe he is referring to Robert G. Evans, who was appointed U.S. district attorney for Minnesota by President McKinley following Garfield's assassination just six months after this letter was written. J. D. White is unknown, possibly James Douglas White, an Illinois attorney. Letter is somewhat age toned with minor fold wear. Large signature. Fine condition.


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