U.S. Grant ALS Plus

Lot of 4, including ALS, letter from Mrs. Grant written on her card, and 2 envelopes. ALS U.S. Grant, 1pp, 5 x. 8 in. on Headquarters Army of the United States letterhead; "Washington, D.C." crossed out, Galena, Ill. written above, 18 Aug. [18]68. To Gen. Cyrus B. Comstock, personal. Grant relates to Comstock that it is pleasant and quiet here, so he plans to stay through September, and invites Comstock to join them. He notes that he had planned to return to Washington in time for Buck (Ulysses S. Grant, Jr.) to start school, But I have concluded that he requires the rest more than the schooling. With transmittal envelope, preprinted Headquarters Army of the United States Official Business, with two postmarks, as the letter moved around before finding its intended recipient.

Also included is a calling card with Mrs. U.S. Grant printed on it. The name is crossed out and a note written both sides: Genl. I wish you were not going away romorrow. I want you to be here to help me with the little tea party Miss Thillman has a party on Friday & I know she will be so disappointed. The Genl. expected you to go with him to hear Bishop __ngson tomorrow evening & then I wish you were not going. you haven't been at home hardly any this summer. Last item is another envelope, preprinted Headquarters Army of the United States Official Business, not sealed, with 2 parts to address: U.S. Consul, Havanna, Cuba and Introducing Gen. C.B. Comstock, U.S. Army. Letter of introduction not included.

General Cyrus Ballou Comstock (1831-1910) was an 1855 graduate of USMA. He was commissioned into the engineer corps, and commenced fort construction until made assistant professor of natural and experimental philosophy at the academy. He was called to Washington to bolster its defenses in 1861, and served in the engineering corps throughout the war, eventually becoming senior ADC to Grant in early 1864. He became an aide to the general-in-chief for five years after the war, before heading the Geodetic survey of the Great Lakes. In 1884 he was elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences.

In 1868, Grant was nominated unanimously on the first ballot as the Republican candidate for president. At the time, however, candidates did not do much active campaigning, leaving that to their supporters. Grant spent much of the summer relaxing and waiting for the election, in quiet towns such as Galena, where he resided for a year before the start of the war.
Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
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