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    Ulysses S. Grant's Paperweight/Pen Rest with Letter of Presentation by Bvt. Gen. Orville Babcock. The paperweight, made of solid copper, measures 3.25" x .75". Two notches in the top may have been used to hold writing utensils. A presentation letter by Orville Babcock accompanies the bar.

    The letter, one page, 7.75" x 10", on Headquarters Army of the United States letterhead, Washington, March 4, 1869, is addressed to H. A. Spaulding and reads, in full: "The little copper bar I give you is from Genl Grans desk, has been used by him as a paper weight for a long time. He gave it to me when clearing up his desk preparatory to leaving these Head. Qu. for the White House. I know you will appreciate it, as you do so fully the man." A full transcription of the above letter also appears engraved on the bottom of the paperweight itself.

    Orville Babcock (1835-1884) served in the Corps of Engineers until his promotion to brigadier general by brevet in 1865. After his promotion, he served on the staff of Gen. Grant for the rest of the war and beyond. When Grant assumed the office of president, Babcock was appointed as his personal secretary, a position he held until 1876. His tenure as secretary was rife with scandal. Following the safe burglary conspiracy (1876), Grant reluctantly removed Babcock from his post.


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