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    Ulysses S. Grant Autograph Letter Signed. Three pages of a bifolium, 5.75" x 9.25", on Executive Mansion letterhead, Washington, February 28, 1873. Four days before the inauguration of his second term as president of the United States, Ulysses S. Grant wrote this letter to "Dent" regarding the appraisal of land, in part: "Since the sale of Holliday's and my interest in fifty-six (56) arpents of the Carondelet land . . . most of which I purchased, there is still one hundred & nineteen (119) arpents between us. . . . I wish you would see Holliday and propose to him to name a man to value these lots and I will name one. The two then can proceed to appraise each lot and when they disagree call in a third man to settle. When all are appraised, I want him to take lots valued as near to his whole interest as possible, any variation from it being made up in cash from him to me or me to him as the case may be. . . . This property I believe will bring double if not thribble its present valuation in two years. The railroad from Carondelet to Webster runs near it, and Carondelet is getting to be so much of a Manufacturing place that it is as disagreeable a place to live in as Pittsburg." The land in question is near Carondelet, Missouri. Grant once lived in the area and his wife, Julia, was from nearby St. Louis.

    Condition: Folds are separating at the right edge on both pages. Upper right corner shows some soiling.

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