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Letter no. Ninety-three.

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.

New York, Feby 28, 1884.
Badeau, U. S. Consul, Havana, Cuba.
Dispatch received. Letter by mail.



Letter no. Ninety-four.

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 at Chicago.

United Bank building, Wall St. & Broadway, New York, March 3, 1884.
My dear General Badeau,—Your dispatch was duly received and an answer returned saying letter by mail.—Under the circumstances it is impossible for me to comply with your request. In the first place I am sure it would not have benefitted you in the least. The President is now openly a candidate for the nomination in June next, and knows well that I am opposed to it. Besides that, judging from the past I doubt very much whether any appointment will be made until after the action of the Chicago


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