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nths later, and during the winter the question of St. Domingo came up. I was never taken into the confidence of were reasons why the acquisition of territory in St. Domingo was desirable; but at this time the President diday that he could have been induced to support the St. Domingo scheme by offers of patronage; but I do know thatGrant's Cabinet said to him: General, you can get St. Domingo and Sumner's support if you will give him somethimined on. Fish finally became assured that the St. Domingo treaty could not pass the Senate; a private counttempt to bribe Mr. Sumner into the support of the St. Domingo treaty by the offer of the English mission. In tto remove Mr. Motley. On the 30th of June, the St. Domingo treaty was rejected, and on the 1st of July Motle committees were formed; but though the treaty of St. Domingo had been rejected in July, principally through Sueen removed because of Sumner's opposition to the St. Domingo scheme, and Fish replied with some severe strictu
. His mantle as the friend of Cuba fell on no Elisha. The insurgents never found another friend so powerful or earnest; the insurrection languished without the aid of America, and Spain remained firm in her seat on the unhappy island. The St. Domingo scheme shared the fate of the Cuban enterprise, although the former was accepted as an Administration measure. There was a great outcry at the time that improper motives instigated the urgency of the President and his friends for the acquisition of St. Domingo. I fancy no one now believes that Grant was corrupt in his earnestness, and I have never known any proof that others were; but Cuban bonds were certainly distributed with a lavish hand among those who it was thought could aid the purpose of the Patriots. Men high in position and public estimation accepted these bonds and afterward advocated the recognition of Cuban independence. Even a foreign Minister was at one time the custodian and dispenser of four million dollars'
, recalled after so long an interval. At the close of the Rebellion all this interest was intensified; for the conversion of Mexico into an empire seemed to Grant a sequence, or rather an incident, of secession, and his concern did not abate until the expulsion of the French and the re-establishment of the republic. Upon Grant's assumption of the duties of President, Rawlins at first exercised great influence with him, and all that influence was in favor of an extension of territory. St. Domingo, Cuba, and the northern portion of Mexico—all— Rawlins would have been glad to incorporate into the Union. It was with a view to the acquisition of a large slice of territory on the northern frontier of Mexico that the mission to that country was offered in 1869 to General Sickles. The acquisition was intended to be peaceful, by purchase, and with the entire consent of the neighboring state, for Grant would have been the last man to unfairly appropriate the domains of the friendly repu
e not been before, and expenditures are looked after more carefully. This is policy enough for the present. The first thing it seems to me is to establish the credit of the country. My family are all well and join in respects to you. Please remember me kindly to Mr. Motley and his family. Yours Truly, U. S. Grant. Letter no. Six. This letter shows the exactness of the statements made by Grant's friends that Motley's removal was not occasioned by Sumner's action in regard to St. Domingo. He did not of course suppose when he wrote this familiar letter that it would ever become an historical document, but for that very reason it furnishes incontestable proof on the disputed point. The second paragraph refers to my bonds as ConsulGen-eral at London. Those who had arranged to become my bondsmen were absent when I received the appointment, and I started for England before the bonds were filed. They were speedily signed, however, and there was no need for Grant to become