presence conversation was unrestrained, and the prospects were discussed as freely as they would have been before any other expectant candidate.
It was now only a few weeks before the convention, and Grant
manifested as much anxiety as I ever saw him display on his own account; he calculated the chances, he counted the delegates, considered how every movement would affect the result, and was pleased or indignant at the conversion of enemies or the defection of friends, just as any other human being naturally would have been under the same circumstances; only it was hardly natural in him, who was used to concealing his personal feeling in all things.
Of course this freedom was only with his especial intimates, his family, and a very few other tried friends whom he chanced to meet at this time.
But that he disclosed his interest at all showed how profoundly it must have stirred him.
I had not met him for more than a year, during which period he had gone through his wonderful experience in the East
, had obtained his knowledge of China
, and conceived an Oriental policy for this country which he believed so important that a desire to achieve it was certainly one reason why he was so anxious to return to power.
All who met him were impressed with his views in regard to those Asiatic countries, the relations with them which he thought might be developed, the trade we might create, the immense advantage both they and we might receive from an intimate understanding.
His opinions were very broad, and he talked with a knowledge of the subject that made him fluent, and an interest which at times almost inspired him to eloquence.
Once or twice he addressed a party of twenty or thirty men of importance in business or affairs, and enchained their attention for hours while he laid before them his information and his views.
also was a favorite theme, and a Mexican policy was already germinating in his brain.
As a rule I do not consider that General Grant
's intellect was remarkable for