your letter of the 10th inst. asking information in regard to the claim of Lieut
Grant. with the report of the 3d Auditor of the 12 inst. stating the facts so far as
they are within the the knowledge of any officer of this Dept. You ask for a state-
ment of the rule of the Dept. in such cases. Where public money is alleged to
have been lost by a Disbursing Officer, no credit can be given on account of such
alleged loss, unless expressly authorized by Act of Congress. I am not aware of
any case where this Dept. has undertaken to decide the complicated questions of
vigilance, fidelity, and possibility of fraud, & connivance which arise in most of
such cases. The accounting officers only settle such accounts upon the proper
voucher's. If these are not produced, it has always been held that relief could
only be granted by act of Congress." Copy, ibid., RG 56, Letters Sent to Com-
mittees of Congress.
Senator Henry Clay of Ky. died June 29, 1852.
Lewis Cass of Mich. had resigned from the Senate to become the unsuc-
cessful Democratic candidate for President in 1848, and had been reelected to
the Senate after the election. James Shields, also a Democrat, was then serving
as Senator from Illinois. USG may have known him in Mexico where he served
as brig. gen. of vols.
Possibly Samuel T. Hooker; see June 24, 1851.
To Julia Dent Grant
Girard House, Philadelphia Pa.
Sunday, July 4th 1852
I am this far on my way back to New York and having a half
an hour I will devote it to writing you a short letter. —I found
that Mr. Barriere,
1 who I most wanted to see, had left Washington and would not be back for some ten days. So my mission
proved partially a failure. I saw several other member however
who promised to give the matter their support when ever it was
brought up. Among others General Tailor,
2 from the Zainsville
District, told me that if I would write to him he would do all for
me in his power. The first day in Washington I could do nothing
nor see any one. It was the day of Mr. Clay's funeral and consequently evry house in the city was closed and evry body at the
funeral. Judging from appearances, and from the voice of the
press, Mr. Clay's death produced a feeling of regret that could
hardly be felt for any other man.