My situation in Havana
had become disagreeable and I consulted my friend and former chief as to the course I should take.
This dispatch is his acknowledgment of the receipt of my inquiry.
In March General Grant
was so much better that he was able to travel, and was ordered by his physicians to Washington
and Fortress Monroe
At this time the Government
had decided on a course toward Cuba
directly the opposite of that which I had advised, and one that seemed to me most disadvantageous to American interests, while it grossly neglected American citizens, who were frequently fined and imprisoned without cause.
I had also reported culpable frauds at the Consulate which the State Department failed to investigate; and I became anxious to give up the post.
A vacancy occurred in the mission to Russia
, and I asked General Grant
whether it would be advisable for him to solicit the appointment for me. This letter is his reply.
The 3d of June was the date fixed for the assembling of the Presidential Nominating Convention