burne. "Many thanks for your letter & especially for the enclosure. I am very
glad to have a copy of that speech. My impressions concerning Grant do not
differ from yours. I tell every body that he is the most modest, the most disinterested, and the most honest man I have ever known. Since my return I have
met hundreds of prominent and influential men to whom I have said that, and
other things in the same direction. To the question they all ask: 'Doesn't he
drink?'—I have been able, from my own knowledge to give a decided negative. —When do you expect to be here? What are the prospects in Illinois? And
how will the elections generally go in the North West?" ALS, DLC-Elihu B.
On July 25, U. S. Senator Henry Wilson of Mass. wrote to Washburne.
"I con[g]ratulate you on the brilliant success of your friend Gen. Grant. When
others censured, denounced or defamed him you stood by him, and he has nobly
justified your confidence. I honor you for your fidelity to a man you knew and
in whom you had the fulliest confidence. In this hour when the nation acknowl-
edges his great services it must be a source of gratification to you to feel that in
the day of trial you stood by your friend. A day or two ago I had a long talk
with Dana late of the Tribune who has spent four months with Grant. Dana you
know is a man of talent and a good judge of men. He speaks in the most glow-
ing terms of Grant. You would be gratified to hear him talk. He tells me that
Grant is modest, true, firm, honest and full of capacity for war. He says that he is
in favor of destroying the cause of this civil war—of overthrowing Slavery and
that his army is deeply imbued with the same feeling. I am glad to hear from so
good a judge such an account of Grant and his noble army. It is reported that
Grant has been invited to take command of the army of the Potomac. I do not
believe it, but if it should be made to him I hope he will not for a moment think
of it. He has a splendid and a united army. He can render great service to the
country with that army. I fear if he should take the Potomac army that he would
be ruined by a set of men in and out of that army. I am confident his great success
has excited envy, and that if an oppotunity should offer he would be sacri-
ficed...." ALS, ibid.
To Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck
Head Quarters, Dept. of the Ten.
Vicksburg Miss. Aug. 31st 1863.
MAJ. GEN. H. W. HALLECK
GEN. IN CHIEF OF THE ARMY,
I shall start this evening on a short trip to New Orleans, remaining there but a day or two. Gen. Banks is not yet off and I am
desirous of seeing him before he starts to learn his plans and see
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Book title: The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant: July 7 - December 31, 1863.
Contributors: John Y. Simon - Editor, Ulysses S. Grant - Author.
Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press.
Place of publication: Carbondale, IL.
Publication year: 1982.
Page number: 219.
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