Military Academy, West Point, N. Y.
March 20, 1840
To COL. TOTTEN, CHIEF ENGINEER.
As my parents have not received, from the War Department, any reports relitive to me, I think it my duty to inform you of it. I presume that there is some mistake on the subject—that my reports have been sent to the State of New York—to the Guardian of Cadet E Grant, who has lately left the Academy, instead of to Georgetown—Brown County, Ohio, where my parents reside.
Yours very respectfully,
CADET U. H GRANT
Copy, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, Mass. Col. Joseph Gilbert Totten, USMA 1805, as chief engineer was responsible for the reporting of grades.
Jesse Grant moved from Georgetown to Bethel when he entered a partnership with E. A. Collins, a tanner of Bethel, under which Jesse Grant was to expand the tannery in Bethel while Collins sold the products in Galena, Ill. Edward Chauncey Marshall, The Ancestry of General Grant and their Contemporaries (New York, 1869), p. 68. On March 9, 1840, Jesse Grant had written to the Secretary of War requesting that quarterly reports be sent to him at Bethel, Ohio. Listed in DNA, RG 107, Registers of Letters Received, but not found. Jesse Grant's letter was answered by Col. Totten on March 19, 1840. "The Secretary of War has referred to this Department your letter of the 9th Inst, and in answer I have to inform you that the standing of your Son as a member of the 4th Class was not ascertained until the examination in January last, when the original of which the enclosed is a duplicate was directed to you at George Town, Ohio. Conduct Reports for September, October, & Novr were directed to the same