March 02, 1877

On His Second to Last Day in Office, Ulysses S. Grant Announces His Intention to Travel the Globe

Autograph Letter Signed
2 pages
SMC 1142
Having spent eight years in the White House, now, with nothing to do and nowhere to go, President Grant announces his and Mrs. Grant’s intention to take a vacation – which, in the annals of world travel, would become the grandest tour ever made by an ex-President. It would take two years for the Grants to circle the globe, during which time they dined with Queen Victoria, chatted with Bismarck, shook hands with the Emperor of Japan; and rode donkeys to the pyramids, visited Jerusalem, saw Russia, India, Siam, China and Japan…

About to set off, on this, the second to last day of his presidency, Grant arranges for bank dividends to be sent to his son and namesake, U.S. Grant, Jr. - who, on the verso, encloses his address.
Autograph Letter Signed, as President, 2 pages, octavo, Executive Mansion, March 2, 1877. To J.E. Cussans of the Anglo California Bank. With an ALS in the hand of U.S. Grant Jr. on the verso, dated March 2, 1877, to Cussans.
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