New York: March 10, 1882. Manuscript in General Grant's hand on 10" x 8" folded paper. Administratively SIGNED on rear for filing purposes. Consistent qaulity document, two chips on right rear edge not visible from the front, archival reinforced at the folds on verso, 3/4" fade along filing edge on rear, original ink smudge at location. An interesting piece with Grant referring to himself in the third person. Very Good item of record.
Ulysses S. Grant (born Hiram Ulysses Grant; April 27, 1822 – July 23, 1885) was the 18th President of the United States (1869–77). As Commanding General of the United States Army (1864–69), Grant worked closely with President Abraham Lincoln to lead the Union Army to victory over the Confederacy in the American Civil War. After the War he implemented Congressional Reconstruction, often at odds with President Andrew Johnson. Twice elected president, Grant led the Republicans in their effort to remove the vestiges of Confederate nationalism and slavery, protect African American citizenship, and support economic prosperity (attribution noted).
At this time in his life a financially deteriorating Grant was living in New York City in a donated home on a soldier's pension. He often lived on the benefiecence of industrialists like William Vanderbilt.
The Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick was found in NYC in 1783 by the leading members of the community to care for the unusual number of impoverished and displaced Irishmen, who had arrived in New York in the wake of the British evacuation. Founded on the noble rock of charity, strengthened by a common heritage and faith, nurtured by the joy of a shared meal and conversation, enlivened by humor, poetry and song, transmitted by father to son to grandson, tempered by tolerance towards political and religious difference, fortified and guided by tradition and respect and memory, the Society continues on to this very day.
Grant became an honorary member of The Friendly Sons in 1871. His mother, Hannah Simpson, was a native of Ireland, and the daughter of Matthew Simpson, a respectable farmer of Golan Parish of Ardstraw County Tyrone, Ireland. He emigrated with his young family to America and settled on a farm in Bucks Co., PA. One of the sons of Matthew Simpson, and brother of the General's mother, was the father of a Bishop Simpson. Grant attended the Anniversary Dinner of the Society on March 17, 1871 and was elected an honorary member at the June meeting of that year. Item #266
“General Grant accepts with pleasure the invitation of the Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick to dine with them on the occasion of their 98th Anniversary, at Delmonicos, March 17th at 6.30 O’Clock. / New York / March 10th 1882."