“If I feel sufficiently well to travel I will go to Washington”

I have been visiting my family in Philadelphia, and have fallen ill.  I am sorely needed in Washington, though.  I wrote Rawlins,

PHILADELPHIA, May 15, 1865.

General J. A. RAWLINS,

Chief of Staff:

Please have two rooms secured for me at the hotel. If I feel sufficiently well to travel I will go to Washington (Mrs. Grant with me) to-morrow. I am now too unwell to sit up any length of time, and cannot tell when I shall be better. Knowing the almost absolute necessity for my presence in Washington worries me very much.

U. S. GRANT,

Lieutenant-General.

The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 15, p 40

O.R., I, xlvi, part 3, p 1152

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