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Chapter 32: Grant at Windsor. the Queen was at Balmoral when General Grant arrived in London, but soon after Her Majesty's return to Windsor a card was sent Windsor a card was sent to General and Mrs. Grant with these words, partly written and partly engraved: The Lord Steward has received Her Majesty's commands to invite General and Mrs. t back. This is not exactly the form in which ex-sovereigns are invited to Windsor, but it is the fashion in which Her Majesty commands the presence of her own sely forwarded to Jesse, and on the afternoon appointed we set out by train for Windsor. The party included General and Mrs. Grant, the Minister and Mrs. Pierrepont,on. Jesse insisted on going home at once; he said he had not cared to come to Windsor at all, which was true, and that he certainly would not dine with any one but pite of my disappointment. General Grant had received, since his arrival at Windsor, a telegram from the Grand Army of the Republic, which was holding its annual
and Mrs. Grant. About half an hour after dinner the King and the Queen retired, taking especial leave of the ex-President and his party, whom they were not to meet again. General Grant left immediately afterward. He was accompanied to his hotel by a royal equerry, and went, as before, in a royal carriage. The careful courtesy that marked every circumstance of the evening was in striking contrast with the offensive etiquette of Marlborough House, or even with the strained ceremonial of Windsor. The King of the Belgians is a Bourbon, just as blue in blood as a Guelph, and, according to all the rules of precedence, just as much of a sovereign as any named in the Almanach de Gotha; but he did not fear to lessen his dignity or disturb his throne by treating an ex-President of the United States with the same courtesy he would have offered to Isabella of Spain or Bomba of Naples. The next Head of a State by whom General Grant was entertained was the President of the Swiss Republic,