Washington, D. C.,
November 9, 1865.
I WILL be in my new house by Christmas. Without furnishing the fourth story I will have abundance of room for myself and friends. If Mrs. Washburn comes on to visit Washington this winter, bring her to our house. I shall visit New York City a few days next week to close up the papers on my house purchase, and when I return go South on an inspection tour. Once back from that I shall square down for hard work as long as Congress is in session. . . .
SOURCE: James Grant Wilson, Editor, General Grant’s Letters to a Friend 1861-1880, p. 49