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 invited public men from the territory of Washington and the State of Oregon to meet him. When General Grant and his wife rode up with me from the Vancouver dock to my quarters, he had many observations, in the way of reminiscence, to make concerning the situation. For example. “That is the Ingalls house, where I lived for some time.” After looking at the house for some moments, he turned to the right in the evening twilight-we could see quite a distance up the river-and said: “Julia, that is the field where I planted my potatoes.” She said: “Did you raise a crop, Ulysses?” “No, I got little more than the seed.” As we passed through the town he noticed a tall brick structure that he had not seen before and he said, addressing me: “What is that, general” I answered: “A brewery, sir.” Then he said: “I think, Julia, that must have been put up on Howard's account; it wasn't here in my day!” During the reception that evening Governor Ferry, of Washington Territory, in an informal address in behalf of the citizens, welcomed the general and his friends to the Pacific coast. The general, standing with his hand upon a chair, blushing like a young man making his first speech, answered the governor in a few simple, well-chosen words. He pointed out some of the changes that had taken place since he was stationed in that vicinity, and he predicted a great future for Washington and Oregon. After his address I said to him that I had been told he could not make a speech. “Oh,” he said, “I have been practicing on my feet since I went abroad till I can manage to say a few words.”
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