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your own subsequent direction. He acquiesced in your statement
that the Saturday's conversation ended with an expectation that
there would be a subsequent conference on the subject, which he,
as well as yourself, supposed could seasonably take place on
You then alluded to the fact that General Grant did not call upon
you on Monday, as you had expected from that conversation.
General Grant admitted that it was his expectation or purpose to
call upon you on Monday. General Grant assigned reasons for the
omission. He said he was in conference with General Sherman; that
there were many little matters to be attended to. He had
conversed upon the matter of the incumbency of the War Department
with General Sherman, and he expected that General Sherman would
call upon you on Monday. My own mind suggested a further
explanation, but I do not remember whether it was mentioned or
not-namely, that it was not supposed by General Grant on Monday
that the Senate would decide the question so promptly as to
anticipate further explanation between yourself and him if
delayed beyond that day. General Grant made another
explanation--that he was engaged on Sunday with General Sherman,
and, I think, also on Monday, in regard to the War Department
matter, with a hope, though he did not say in an effort, to
procure an amicable settlement of the affair of Mr. Stanton, and
he still hoped that it would be brought about.
I have the honor to be, with great respect, your obedient
William H. Seward.
To the President.