been the Head
of the State
He, however, responded to no such intimations, and never said even to his family that he desired or expected a return to public station.
Any expression that ever fell from him on the subject was to repress or repel the suggestion.
He was resting from national cares, and in the unwonted enjoyment of a private competence.
He told me that in December for the first time in his life he had a bank account from which he could draw as freely as he desired.
He was generous in gifts to his children, but never luxurious in his personal habits.
He had only two expenses of his own,—his horses and his cigars.
When General Grant
returned from Europe
in 1879, his entire fortune amounted to one hundred thousand dollars, and the income of this sum just paid his expenses at the hotel where he and Mrs. Grant
occupied two rooms.
He kept no carriage.
Finding that he could not live in New York suitably to his position, he began to consider what other residence he should select or what means of support.
His son Ulysses was engaged in the banking business with Ferdinand Ward
and James D. Fish
, and supposed he had accumulated four hundred thousand dollars. He offered to receive his father as a partner in his profits.
would not consent to this, but proposed to invest his hundred thousand dollars in the business and become an actual partner.
concurred, and in 1880, General Grant
was admitted as a special partner in the firm of ‘Grant
He was never, however, actively engaged in its affairs.
He lent his name and he gave his money, but others did the business.
in reality acted for the firm, made the investments, drew the cheques, received the deposits, and disposed of them.
was assured that the investments were proper, and, utterly unaccustomed as he was to business, he inquired little further.
Once or twice he thought he had reason to say that the firm must have no