In the evening, I took my leave of the General and Mrs. Grant, and of his staff officers, and the next morning left for Boston. The occasion was one that I shall never forget.Our narrative now approaches its close. But, before concluding it, we deem it proper to speak briefly of the services rendered to our soldiers and to the Union cause by two ladies of Boston, who, during the entire war, devoted almost their whole time to works of charity and love, for the comfort of our soldiers, and the alleviation of their sufferings; one of whom was Mrs. Harrison Gray Otis, and the other Miss Abby W. May. Mrs. Harrison Gray Otis was the daughter of a Boston merchant, William H. Boardman, Esq., who was largely engaged in the North-west Coast, China, and India trade. She was early married to the eldest son of the Hon. Harrison Gray Otis, who bore his father's name. Upon the death of her husband, she passed seven years in Europe, for the purpose of educating her three sons, and returned to America, making Boston her permanent home. Connected by blood and marriage with some of the oldest and most distinguished families in the country, blessed with personal attractions, mental gifts, and a magnetism that drew about her the
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