The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant: 1837-1861 - Vol. 1

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To Charles M. Conrad

Columbia Bks. Fort Vancouver O. T.
January 4th 1852 [1853]

SIR:

I have just recieved your note of the 2d of November 1852, notifying me that I had been reported to the President as having failed to render within the period prescribed by law, my accounts for the Quarter ending the 30th of June 1852.

I would respectfully state that I left Governer's Island on the 30th of June, on a leave of absence for a few days, to attend to some business in Washington City before sailing for this coast. Returning I reached New York City about 11 o'Clock at night where I learned to my astonishment, for the first time, that the 4th Inf.y were to go aboard of the Steamer Ohio the next morning so as to be ready to sail by 2 o'Clock P. M. on the 5th. Otherwise my accounts would have been rendered within the time prescribed by law. As it is they were forwarded by the first mail after our arrival at our destination

I am Sir
Very Respectfully
over
To Hon. C. M. Conrad Your Obt. Svt
Sec. of War U. S. GRANT
Washington D. C. Bvt Capt. & R. Q. M. 4th Infy

ALS, Mrs. Walter Love, Flint, Mich. Secretary of War Charles M. Conrad's letter to USG stated "Pursuant to the provisions of an Act approved January 31 1823, of which I hereto append an extract, you have this day been reported to the President as having failed to render within the period prescribed by law, your accounts for the quarter ending June 30 1852. On the receipt of this communication you will forthwith forward your accounts to the proper office for settlement, and address to this Department such explanation as you may desire to make, in order to relieve yourself from the penalty of the Act above cited." This was a form letter sent to eighteen other officers on the same day. Copy, DNA, RG 107, Letters Sent, Vol. 33. On March 22, 1853, Bvt. Maj. Gen. Thomas S. Jesup wrote USG. "The Secretary of War, has referred to this office your letter of January 4th 1853, in relation to the non-rendition of your accounts for the 2nd quarter 1852.

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