he may come home & make arangments for taking his family with him to his post I will remark that he has not seen his family for over two years, & has a son nearly two years old he has never seen. I suppose in his great anxiety to see his family he has been induced to quit the servis—Please write me & let me know the result of this request" ALS, ibid., RG 94, ACP 4754/1885. Davis replied on June 28, 1854. "In reply to your letter of the 21 instant asking that the acceptance of the resignation of your son, Captain U. S. Grant may be withdrawn, and he be allowed six months leave of absence, I have to inform you that Capt. Grant tendered his resignation, but assigned no reasons why he desired to quit the service, and the motives which influenced him are not known to the Department. He only asked that his resignation should take effect on the 31 July next, and it was accepted accordingly on the 2d instant, and the same day announced to the Army. The acceptance is, therefore complete, and cannot be reconsidered." Copy, ibid.
Humboldt Bay, Cal.
April 11th 1854.
I would respectfully request a leave of absence for sixty days with permission to apply for an extension until the 31st of July, 1854 at which date I have requested my resignation as an officer of the Army to take effect.
|I am Sir|
|Your Obt. Svt.|
|To Lt. J. B. Collins||U. S. GRANT|
|Post Adj.t.||Capt. 4th Infy|
ALS, DNA, RG 98, Pacific Division, Letters Received. 1st Lt. Joseph Benson Collins was adjt. for Fort Humboldt. The letter was endorsed by Bvt. Lt. Col. Buchanan on April 11, 1854. "Approved, and respectfully recommended that the application be granted. Capt. Grant has important papers and vouchers necessary to the settlement of his accounts, at Fort Vancouver, and wishes time to collect and arrange them."
Also on April 11, 1854, Buchanan wrote to Bvt. Maj. E. D. Townsend. "I have the honor to enclose the resignation of Capt. U. S. Grant 4th Inf., and recommend that it be accepted. I should feel much gratified if the General would grant the Captain's application for leave of absence, also enclosed." Ibid.