To Jesse Root Grant
March 1st 1864,
Your letter enclosing one from Mr. Newton was received by
due course of mail.
1 No letter from I. N. Morris accompanied however. I had previously rec'd a letter from him, Morris, and
2 but the answer may not have been received when he
wrote to you. —I cannot write to Mr. Newton on the subject he
asks, nor to any one. I have no ambition outside of my profession
and in that only to see our arms every where successful.
Fred. is now with me quite recovered. The Drs. said he would
not be strong enough to send to school before next Fall and for that
reason I brought him here to spend a few weeks. The balance of
the family are all well.
Rains have set in here which will probably make any military
movements impossible for some weeks. In that event I do not look
upon a visit home for a few days as improbable. A few days absence throws me back in correspondence terribly but so far as
Military command goes, in these days of telegraph & steam, I
can command whilst traveling and visiting about as well as by
Remember me to all at home.
See letter to Jesse Root Grant, Feb. 20, 1864. On Feb. 11, 1864, Eben
Newton, Columbus, Ohio, wrote to USG. "I have been a long time acquainted
with your father, and on intimate terms, and there fore make more free with
you. I have observed your course since you entered the army, and if there is one
trait more than another I admire, it is the indifference with which you treat
the public demonstrations in relation to yourself. In times like this, if there is
one man occupying a high position in the Nation, who can pursue steadily and
laboriously his duty without aspiring to the Presidency, he ought to be styled
a public benefactor. I am exceedingly anxious that the public mind should not
be diverted from Mr Lincoln while he is President, and the great measures
which he puts forth for the suppression of the rebellion. If we permit ourselves
to be divided up into factions, we certainly weaken our power to accomplish the
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Book title: The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant: January 1 - May 31, 1864.
Contributors: John Y. Simon - Editor, Ulysses S. Grant - Author.
Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press.
Place of publication: Carbondale, IL.
Publication year: 1982.
Page number: 183.
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