burne. "Many thanks for your letter & especially for the enclosure. I am very glad to have a copy of that speech. My impressions concerning Grant do not differ from yours. I tell every body that he is the most modest, the most disinterested, and the most honest man I have ever known. Since my return I have met hundreds of prominent and influential men to whom I have said that, and other things in the same direction. To the question they all ask: 'Doesn't he drink?'—I have been able, from my own knowledge to give a decided negative. —When do you expect to be here? What are the prospects in Illinois? And how will the elections generally go in the North West?" ALS, DLC-Elihu B. Washburne.
Head Quarters, Dept. of the Ten.
Vicksburg Miss. Aug. 31st 1863.
MAJ. GEN. H. W. HALLECK
GEN. IN CHIEF OF THE ARMY,
I shall start this evening on a short trip to New Orleans, remaining there but a day or two. Gen. Banks is not yet off and I am desirous of seeing him before he starts to learn his plans and see