[Oxford, Miss. ]
[Dec. 15, 1862]
You will please make and forward to me a complete suit— coat vest and pants—including Major General's shoulder straps. Make the vest of dark blue cloth.
Also a coat and pants for Col. W. S. Hillyer of my staff.
You have Col. Hillyer's measure taken some time ago. Since then he has increased some three inches in circumference and about 33 pounds in weight. His height is the same. If the coat and pants are made about three inches larger around the waist, you can probably fix the proportions by the old measure.
U. S. GRANT
American Clipper (American Autograph Shop, Merion Station, Pa. ), Dec., 1939, p. 899. On Jan. 23, 1863, USG wrote to Richardson, Spence, and Thompson. "Enclosed I send you one hundred & thirty-four dollars (134) the amount of Col. Hillyer's and my last bills for clothing, with 5 pr. ct. off for cash as per accompanying account. The clothing suits both as to quality of goods and fit of the garments." ALS, deCoppet Collection, Nj P. Attached to this letter is a document giving detailed measurements for USG. Ibid.