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Chapter 18: President-Elect. A few days after the election Grant returned from Galena to Washington. He was accompanied by his family and three staff officers, of whom I was one. There had been threats of assassination, and I had opened several letters that contained warnings of this danger, but Grant took no precautions
wanted foreign missions were numerous, and collectorships and other lucrative posts were in great demand.
But no applicant received an answer.
While he was at Galena, Grant had said to me, that he thought Motley, the historian, would make a good Secretary of State.
Motley had been Minister at Vienna, but was removed by Johns s possible in his own way. On this occasion I suggested one material change, or, rather, addition.
I had been greatly impressed with the sentence he uttered at Galena on the night of his election: The responsibilities of the position I feel, but accept them without fear.
I proposed that he should introduce this line, and point