Lot 442: Civil War–dated ALS signed "F. A. Dick," one page, 7.75 x 9.75, September 28, 1862. Letter to Attorney General Edward Bates. In part: "Seeing it stated that the late attack by Rosecrans upon Price at Iuka failed, for want of co-operation by Genl. Grant, I consider it my duty to state, that General Grant was drunk in St. Louis on Friday the 26th…I did not see him myself, but Henry J. Blow met & talked with him, and stated to me that the Genl. was 'as [drunk] tight as a brick.' Believing, as I do, that much of our ill success results from drunken officers, I intend to do my duty in reporting such crime upon their part, so that the facts may reach those who have power to apply the remedy…I make this fact as to Grant known, because I have heard it denied that he now drinks—If drunk in St. Louis on the 26th, he may be drunk in command of his army a few days later." Dick struck through the word "drunk" and changed it to "tight" in relating to what Blow told him. Endorsed on the reverse by Bates, "Respectfully referred to the Secy of War. Mr. Dick is a lawyer of fair standing, at St. Louis, & brother in law to Frank Blair. Edwd. Bates." In very good condition, with intersecting folds with tape-repaired edge separations, light soiling, and brushing to in a few words. This letter is quoted in the sixth volume of The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant.
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Wednesday, 12th August 2015
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