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Chapter 47:

Grant and his friends.

General Grant's friendships were like everything else in his life—various in character and result, sometimes adding to his dignity and happiness and renown, sometimes unfortunate in the last degree. He was the friend of General Sherman and of Ferdinand Ward, of Dr. Newman and Hamilton Fish, of George Child and the King of Siam, of Rawlins, Belknap, Babcock, Sheridan; of a man named Hillyer, now forgotten, and of Abraham Lincoln; of Roscoe Conklin, Fitz-John Porter and John A. Logan.

Many of his early friendships were not with distinguished people, but the manner in which he adhered to these was characteristic of the man, and explains some of the circumstances in his career that have been most criticised. Grant, as every one knows, stepped very low in his fortunes after leaving the army. He bought a farm, but did not succeed in farming; he cut wood and drove it to St. Louis; he tried collecting money; he sought petty office and failed to obtain it; and altogether was more unsuccessful than most men who have had the advantages of education and position which a graduate of West Point enjoys. Yet at this time he must have displayed some very lovable qualities; for among the ordinary men with whom he associated there were many who did him kindnesses. Hillyer was especially able, and willing, to befriend him; he lent him small sums of money; and others stuck to him when the world looked askant.

In Galena a year or two later his friends were also numerous,

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