President U. S. Grant autographed note signed on Executive Mansion letterhead. Written to his close confident George H. Stuart (see biography below).
No date but Grant met with Stuart's Evangelical "Alliance" in Washington in October, 1872. This was also attended by Rev. O. H. Tiffany.
"Geo. H. Stuart Rev Mr Tiffany,
Your dispatches received. Will have
to address to terms of my letter of
yesterday. Still hope that I may have the opportunity
of meeting the Alliance on Saturday
or some future day.
U. S. Grant
In fine condition, an excellent example of Grant as President.
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George H. Stuart, an Irish immigrant who became a prominent businessman, met with George Williams in 1850; from that meeting came Stuart’s leadership in the American YMCA movement. He founded the Philadelphia YMCA in 1854. Stuart advocated for a paid secretary, employing John Wanamaker and thus beginning the professionalization of the movement. Stuart’s ability to organize and fund-raise were put to their greatest test during the Civil War when, as chairman of the United States Christian Commission (organized by YMCAs to recruit and support Union troops), he raised $6 million in support of the welfare of soldiers. The Commission provided religious supplies and preachers, but also staffed kitchens and medical facilities and provided transportation and free telegrams for troops. After the war, Stuart – a confidant of U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant – was instrumental in the movement to reform the government’s treatment of Native Americans.