The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant: January 1 - May 31, 1864 - Vol. 10

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To Jesse Root Grant

Nashville Ten.
March 1st 1864,

DEAR FATHER,

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 answered, 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 remaing here.

Remember me to all at home.

ULYSSES

ALS, IHi.

1.
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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