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UNITED STATES SENATE,
Dear Brother : . . . I have made up my mind to be silent and neutral, and I think that it is your best course. You did not want the nomination. I would gladly take it as an honorable closing of thirty years of political life, but I will neither ask for it, scheme for it, nor have I the faintest hope of getting it, and at the end of my present term I intend to retire from my political life and take it easy.
One thing you ought to have, and I think Congress would readily grant it if acceptable to you, and that is the detail of a staff -officer to help you with your military correspondence, to travel with you, and aid you in the social duties that will always cling to you while you live. . . .
- John Sherman