DEATH OF ULYSSES GRANT
July 25, 1885
The heated term seems to be at an end. During several days the weather has been unusually hot for this altitude. Occasional showers have relieved the situation.
The interest in General Grant’s death has been very great. I spoke twice the evening of his death. Once at the Eugene Rawson Post and once at the Manville Moore Post, G.A.R. In both cases I urged in reference to a monument or memorial structure:
1. Prompt action while the feeling on the subject is universal and warm.
2. That the memorial be placed in New York, where Gen- [eral] Grant has resided and where more soldiers and citizens will see and enjoy it than would be the case [if it were placed] in any other locality.
3. That it be built by a union effort of all soldiers’ societies and all citizens in every part of the country.
4. That the G.A.R., with its posts in the entire States ready organized for the work, should lead off by appointing committees in each G.A.R. post who will undertake to raise a sum equal to at least one dollar for every member of their post. This to be done by an appeal to all soldiers and to all citizens. The sum raised to be as large as practicable in each instance, with no limitation as to the amount of individual subscriptions nor as to the aggregate amount to be raised.
I am to speak this evening at a memorial meeting in the M[ethodist] E[piscopal] church. Let the memorial be worthy of the Republic, worthy of General Grant, and worthy of the righteous cause of which he was the most illustrious soldier. He was simple, sincere, heroic, generous, magnanimous, of sound judgment, self-poised, and with a tenacity of purpose rarely equaled.