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er to regain the position they had once enjoyed, was incessant; and Grant allowed every step to be taken to present his name to the country and the convention without one sign of disapproval. Delegates were chosen pledged to vote for him; important statesmen known to have always been in his confidence openly advocated his nomination; yet with that singular reticence which he sometimes displayed, he made neither public nor private utterance on the subject, and men like Conkling, Cameron, and Logan declared in intimate conferences that Grant had never said to either that he would be a candidate. He always had a superstitious feeling, which he describes in his memoirs, that he would fail in any effort made by himself to secure his own advancement. He had done nothing whatever to promote his first nomination, and nothing directly for his second; and he determined now to follow the same course in regard to a third. He finally, however, became extremely anxious to receive the nominati
al friends gave me different advice and thought I would do better to accept the mission to Denmark; but I considered myself bound to defer to General Grant, and finally requested the President to withdraw my nomination as Charge to Copenhagen. This he did, but offered me no other appointment, and he did not recall that of Merritt, so that if Merritt should be confirmed I would be out of office altogether. I remained a few weeks in Washington, consulting not only with Senators Conkling and Logan, but constantly with Vice-President Arthur, and once returning to New York to take the advice of General Grant. I saw the President several times and he sent his secretary to me more than once to urge me to accept the appointment to Copenhagen, as that would relieve him from the appearance of disregarding General Grant's personal wish; but I could not disobey the injunction of my own chief. General Grant's urgency in the matter was by no means solely on my account, although he admitted i
of Grant's feeling. In 1883, General Grant came to the conclusion that as President, he had done Fitz John Porter a wrong in not allowing him a second trial; he accordingly set himself to studying the papers, and after careful examination became convinced that Porter was innocent of the charge of which he had been convicted. He at once determined to do whatever he could to right the wrong he thought he had helped to inflict. His course provoked much opposition; he risked the friendship of Logan and incurred the disapproval of many of his closest political and military associates; but he persisted in what he had undertaken, and doubtless his efforts contributed largely to the reversal of Porter's sentence, which was finally accomplished. Then the effort was made to restore Porter to the army, and a bill passed both houses of Congress, authorizing the President to replace him in his former rank. Grant took the liveliest interest in this effort, writing in its favor in the public pr
Chapter 42: Grant and Logan. the relations of Grant and Logan began almost with the war. GrLogan began almost with the war. Grant tells in his Memoirs of his anxiety about Logan's position in the early days of the great struged by important people who wished him to allow Logan and McClernand to address his troops. As both at first to give the permission; but he found Logan's speech full of fiery patriotism, and Logan'sght the needless delay of Thomas at Nashville, Logan was directed to take command of the Army of thre. In General Sherman's Memoirs he described Logan and Blair as political generals, and assigned ce uttered, the mischief could not be undone. Logan was as firm in his enmities as his friendshipscious, he was still more earnest in condemning Logan's course. So, too, Logan was unrelenting ine thought the proper course, and after a while Logan's asperity, at least towards Grant, was soften and calumny came. Grant would have preferred Logan to succeed Hayes, to any other man; and in the[26 more...]
nd 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 altogeth