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before the balloting but promised to help them all he could, and to be found in the service, in some position, if there should actually be war. I never, he adds, went into our leather store after that meeting, to put up a package or do other business. After seeing the company mustered at Spring. field, the capital of Illinois, Grant was asked by the Governor of the State to give some help in the military office, where his old army experience enabled him to be of great use. But on the 24th of May he wrote to the Adjutant-General of the Army, saying that, having been fifteen years in the regular army, including four at West Point, and feeling it the duty of every one who has been educated at the Government expense to offer their services for the support of the Government, he wished to tender his services until the close of the war, in such capacity as may be offered. He got no answer. He then thought of getting appointed on the staff of General McClellan, whom he had known at Wes