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[47] surgeon he had taken some whiskey; and that was the whole of it. But it was enough. General Prentiss, a little jealous about rank, departed from Grant's jurisdiction, saying, “I will not serve under a drunkard.” The slander reached Washburne through the newspapers; and he, his faith in Grant already great, but not yet impregnable as it soon became, wrote to Rawlins. Rawlins answered, explaining that the surgeon had prescribed whiskey for an attack of ague, and added that, much as he loved Grant, he loved his country more, and if at any time, from any cause, he should see his chief unfit for the position he occupied, he should deem it his duty to report the fact at once. “Before mailing the letter,” continues Richardson, he handed it to Grant. The general, who had suffered keenly from these reports, read it with much feeling, and said emphatically: “Yes, that's right,--exactly right. Send it by all means.”

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