Ulysses S. Grant Unsigned Autograph Note, in pencil, n.p., n.d. [Mt. McGregor, N.Y., 1885]; written during his final illness, to physician Dr. George Shrady. "I have just vomited up cowcow [cocoa] that I took near an hour ago. Otherwise I am about as usual. I have occupied the porch twice today for an hour or so each time." Unable to speak because of terminal throat cancer, Grant communicated with visitors by way of notes such as this. He spent his last days furiously writing his autobiography, hoping (rightly) that it would recoup his family the fortune he had lost by speculation; much of the classic book was written while sitting, as mentioned here, on the porch of the Mt. McGregor cottage where he died. Accompanied by a 1969 letter of Dr. R. Hasbrouck Shrady presenting the note to Dr. Lattimer. Fine.

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