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,
The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 15, p 40
O.R., I, xlvi, part 3, p 1152