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    [Ulysses S. Grant]. A two and a quarter page letter recounting an encounter between General Grant and a black union conscript. 7.75" x 9.75". City Point, Virginia; May 27, 1865. A letter from Reverend E. F. Williams of the United States Christian Commission to Reverend P.C. Headly. In part: "... [Grant] was just going to mount his horse when one of our employees, a large negro without hat, coat, or vest on, came elbowing his way through the crowd and reaching out his enormous hand, said, 'How do you do, General Grant?'... The General took the proferred hand and after a few words uttered by the negro, the latter disclosed the purpose for which he had desired to see the Commanding General, in the question, 'How are things going, General?' To appreciate the question it must be remembered that it was at a time of great depression among the colored people; not long after the fatal explosion in the mine, front of Petersburg... The simple answer of the General quieted the fears of the enquirer, 'Everything is going right, sir.' Bold ink, with flattened folds. The first two pages of the letter are written on pages one and three of a bifolium, and the closing paragraph and signature are on a smaller sheet, 7.75" x 3.5".

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