As Gen. Halleck has not been relieved from the Command of the Department, and is absent from it, there may be some delay. I will forward your letter to insure the acceptance of Col. Quinns resignation when a successor to Gen. Halleck is named.
very respectfully, your obt svt.
U. S. GRANT
ALS, Burton Historical Collection, MiD. Born in N. Y. in 1818, educated at Hamilton and Union colleges, Austin Blair was admitted to the N. Y. bar in 1841. He moved to Mich., was active in the Whig Party, and proposed Negro suffrage while serving as a state legislator. In 1854, he participated in the organization of the Republican Party, and was elected governor in 1860.
Head Quarters, Dist. of West Ten.
Corinth, August 9th 1862
MAJ. GEN. H. W. HALLECK,
GEN. IN CHIEF OF THE ARMY
WASHINGTON D. C.
I address you direct no order yet being received announcing your staff and not feeling certain that you should be addressed through the Adjutant General of the Army.