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d as simple as ever in his bearing, and still almost plain, but he was seldom awkward or embarrassed now. He was able to criticise Queen Victoria's manner, and he declared to me that he thought it uneasy. He said her Majesty seemed too anxious to put him at his ease, and he implied that the anxiety was unnecessary. With the President of the French Republic, Marshal Mac-Mahon, he was on delightful terms. They walked up and down the Champs Elysees arm in arm, Grant talking English and MacMahon French, for each understood the other's language, though unable to speak it. He received the first visit from the King of the Belgians, and asked, as any one else might with an equal, when he and Mrs. Grant could pay their respects to the Queen. I was present at the interview, and thought of Galena and the neighbors there of this man who was exchanging visits with sovereigns. On this occasion he was exact in his etiquette; he went himself to the door of the room, but directed me to wait upon
d his entire party to a dinner at the palace. The King's carriages were offered to the ex-President, and an aide-de-camp was ordered to report to him during his stay. General Grant, however, availed himself of this courtesy only when he paid official visits. In calling on the members of the Government and the foreign ministers, he went in the royal carriages, attended by the King's officer, and also in his visit to the palace, but at no other time. The invitations to the dinner were in French, and, translated, they read as follows: By order of Their Majesties, The Grand Marshal of the Court has the honor to invite Their Excellencies, General and Mrs. Grant, to dinner at the palace of Brussels, Sunday, 8th July, 1877, at 6 1/2 o'clock. Frock dress. The words frock dress (en frac) signified that court costume was not required. The notification was written, not engraved, on the card, and was doubtless intended to make the etiquette as little onerous as possible for the
perceived that the object proposed for his mission was not to be attained, he resigned. But General Grant told me during the last months of his life that if Rawlins had lived, he believed Cuba would have been acquired by the United States during his Administration. While Grant was in Europe circumstances again brought Sickles into peculiar relations with his former chief in war and politics. The ex-Minister was living in Paris after his departure from Spain, and had become interested in French affairs and intimate with Thiers, the famous ex-President of the re-established Republic. Thiers, however, had fallen before Grant went abroad, and McMahon was President, with a strong leaning toward legitimacy. In June, 1877, the situation in France was complicated. The real Republicans were out of power, and an election was approaching which might overthrow McMahon's allies. Upon General Grant's arrival in London it was at once seen that his presence in Paris might be used by the McMa
new that I intended to devote as much of my time and labor as I could command to his Political Memoirs, and he felt that he should in turn do all in his power to advance my interests. New York City, Feb'y 18th, 1882. Dear Badeau,—Yours of yesterday received. I wrote the President this morning suggesting Austria and said that your qualifications for the office were equal to those of any representative we have had at that court in twenty years. I also said that you spoke the German, French & Spanish languages, and that I believed you did the Italian also. Am I right? I marked the letter Personal on the envelope, and signed my name, so that it might go direct to the President. I think I would call upon him again if I were in your place even if I did not mention the Austrian Mission. He would be apt to speak of my letter. You might speak of the railroad inspectorship. Very Truly Yours, U. S. Grant. Letter no. Seventy-four. The boxes referred to were left by me a