SHERMAN, WILLIAM TECUMSEH, General. Autograph letter signed ("W.T. Sherman") to Horace Rublee, U.S. Minister at Berne, Switzerland, Washington, D.C., 1 October 1872. Four pages, 8vo, on stationery headed: "Headquarters Army of the United States."
SHERMAN'S ON GRANT'S RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN
General Sherman, recently returned from extended travel in Europe, thanks Rublee, in Berne, for his hospitality and thanks the President of Switzerland for a gift of maps. "I have now been home two weeks, and have settled down to my old work, like a stage horse, with only the pleasant memories of the past year to remind me of you and others to whom I owe so much. Yesterday the box came with the maps. I have them now arranged in my Library and by you will thank the President for the very handsome present he has made me. I must some how and at some time reciprocate....but you may assure the President, that if any of his people, more especially any conversant with the Army, or Militia of Switzerland come to America, a note from him to me will assure every possible attention.
"I see the President [Ulysses S. Grant] daily and he takes things as easy as though he had no in the Contest that now agitates our Newspapers. Though these seem to think that the Stars in heaven must pause to witness the strife I do not see but things move along in every day life as placidly & quietly as though [there was] no Presidential election...." Closing, he adds: "I suppose you have so many correspondents that I cannot send you news of your home in Madison [Wisconsin] and I take it for granted that you care nothing of individuals here except the President and Secretary of State [Hamilton Fish]. The latter is still at his home on North River [the Hudson] but is expected here this week...."
Rublee (1829-1896) an early Rupublican Party member, had been a delegate to the Convention which nominated Grant in 1868; and was appointed U.S. minister to Switzerland the following year, in which post he served until 1877. The Presidential campaign of 1872 pitted the Republican Grant, whose administration had been tarnished by scandal, against the Liberal Republican Horace Greeley, who died before the electoral votes were cast. In the campaign, Grant remained aloof, allowing his aides and supporters to defend his administration's policies. A month after Sherman's letter, Grant won re-election