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the table, but it can be called up at any time, and we have reason to know that it will be again taken up within the next few days, when it will be passed. The measures is delayed not because of a want of strength on the part of its advocates, but for a specific purpose.

U. S. GRANT,

Lieutenant-General.

CITY POINT, VA., February 22, 1865-1.30 p. m.

(Received 1.40 p. m.)

Major General H. W. HALLECK,

Chief of Staff:

Please direct General Humphreys, who is now in Washington, to return immediately to his command. He has yet four or five days' leave which he will have to take another time, when he can be better spared.

U. S. GRANT,

Lieutenant-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

February 23, 1865-10 a. m.

Lieutenant-General GRANT:

A telegram announces the death of my son yesterday. With your permission I should like to go home for a day or two.

GEO. G. MEADE,

Major-General, Commanding.

CITY POINT, VA., February 22, 1865.

Major-General MEADE:

If you will come immediately in I will arrange to have you sent down the river so as to take the Baltimore boat this evening. I have spoken to General Ingalls, who will have a boat ready for you here on your arrival, and will have the train bring you in at once. I sincerely condole your bereavement.

U. S. GRANT,

Lieutenant-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

February 22, 1865-11 a. m.

Lieutenant-General GRANT:

My thanks are due for your dispatch and kindness. I will leave here tat once, and hope to connect with the Baltimore boat this evening, so that a special train will not be required.

GEO. G. MEADE,

Major-General, Commanding.