to retrench every expenditure not within the letter of the Regulations, and to curtail those conveniencies which ample appropriations permitted to the service without additional cost, or detriment to the public interests. Inconsiderable as may be the saving at each post by the reductions made at it, still in the aggregate, they make a sum applicable to our frontier defences, of great importance to us with our present limited means." Copy, DNA, RG 92, Q. M. Letter Books.
May 19th 1851
When the last list of Brevets was published my name appeared in it as having recieved the Brevet rank of Captain in the 4th U. S. Inf. y.
The other officers at this post, who were promoted at the same time, recieved their commissions some five weeks since, and I have not yet recieved mine, I would respectfully notify you of the fact.
|I am Gen.|
|To Gen. R. Jones||Your Obt. Svt.|
|Adjt. Gen. U. S. A.||U. S. GRANT|
|Washington D. C.||1st Lt. & Bvt. Capt. 4th Infy|
ALS, DNA, RG 94, ACP 4754/1885. For the confusion concerning USG's bvt. rank, see letter of March 30, 1849.
May 21st Wednesday 
As I promised you I write on this day, and for the last time to Bethel. 1 Since you have been gone I have been a little lonesome