mand, and who after all have all the fighting to do. Rather than to loose the least power to do good, towards crushing out the rebellion in the shortest possible time, I would prefer remaining as I am. I also stated that under no circumstances could I be induced to take an office which would require me to stay in Washington and command whilst the Armies were in the Field. 2
I hope you will show this letter to no one unless it be the President himself. I hate to see my name associated with politics either as an aspirant for office or as a partizan.
Write to me again.
sincerely your friend
U. S. GRANT
ADfS (addressed to Maj. Gen. Francis P. Blair, Jr. ), USG 3; ALS, Claude K. Rowland, St. Louis, Mo. On Jan. 31, 1864, Peter L. Foy, Post Office, St. Louis, wrote to Blair. "I have just heard that Haw. [How] put the question to Grant with whom he is quite intimate, whether he would consent to be a candidate for the Presidency. He answered that under no circumstances would he be a candidate in opposition to Lincoln. I think it well to let you know this at once, so that you may take it for what it is worth. My information did not come from Haw himself but from Bart Able...." ALS, DLC-Robert T. Lincoln.
Nashville [Feb. ] 28th. 10 30 am
MAJ GENL J M SCHOFIELD
Whilst Gen Thomas is engaged in front of Dalton do not think it advisable for your force to go up the valley there is a possi