until the time approached when another nomination for the Presidency was to be made, and then the friends of Blaine became extremely anxious for an accommodation.
But Grant was still unwilling to be propitiated.
He certainly preferred Blaine to Arthur, as a candidate, but he refused to take any step, or make any public utterance in Blaine's favor, in the months preceding the nomination.
In October, 1883, he wrote to me as follows:
dear Badeau,—I have your letter of yesterday.
I write blf and Mr. Blaine together, he certainly would not refuse to meet him socially.
In fact time had undoubtedly somewhat mellowed or modified his feeling, and as it became evident that the choice of the party had almost narrowed down to Blaine or Arthur, Grant admitted that he desired the success of Blaine as an alternative.
After the nomination he often said to me that he had no doubt Mr. Blaine would make an excellent President; and on the first occasion when the candidate was in New York, Ge